ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

On this day in 1173, the first stone was laid for a new bell tower for the basilica at Pisa. The masons took great care to make sure the foundation was laid on bedrock and perfectly leveled, with the result that the tower has been able to survive nine and a half centuries of subsidence that have left the rest of the city canted at a rakish five-degree angle.

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