Italy's leaning Garisenda Tower in Bologna at risk of collapse, experts warn

Nov 17, 2023 976

The landmark Garisenda Tower in the north Italian city of Bologna is at high risk of collapse, experts warned on Wednesday, weeks after the mediaeval structure was sealed off over safety concerns. The smaller of Bologna's leaning "twin towers", the 48-m high Torre della Garisenda stands alongside the 97-m Torre degli Asinelli, both of which date to the early 12th century.

The technical committee tasked with monitoring the structural integrity of the tower described the situation as "code red" and "maximum alert", reports Corriere della Sera newspaper. In their report presented to city authorities, the experts said the likelihood of the tower collapsing are "unacceptably high, more than 10,000 times higher than what is typically allowed by the regulations", according to Italian media.

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