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Giotto Fears Earthquakes

The Giotto’s Bell Tower is the first famous Italian monument whose capacity for resistance will be analyzed after the recent earthquakes. Experts fear that, should another earthquake hit central Italy, Giotto’s Campanile may not withstand the impact.

The monitoring of the tower began in November and will go on for one year.  It will evaluate its foundations, the possible degradation, potential fissures, the conditions of the surrounding ground and its seismic resistance.  Due to the particularity of the construction, both static and dynamic tests will use the most advanced technologies.

Standing adjacent to the Dome and the Baptistery of St. John, Giotto’s Tower is one of the showpieces of Florentine Gothic architecture. The slender structure stands on a square plan with a side of 14.45 metres (47.41 ft) and attains a height of 84.7 metres (277.9 ft). It is sustained by four polygonal buttresses at the co rners that are crossed by four horizontal lines, which divide the tower into five levels.

 

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