Virtual Field Trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa!

August 8th, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
La Torre di Pisa

Age Range: All (Younger children and non-readers will need assistance from mom or dad.)

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the famous “Leaning Tower of Pisa” located in Italy.

Built in 1173 as a bell tower for a cathedral, it began its unintentional incline during construction. There have been ongoing efforts over the centuries to shore up the tower and save it from toppling over. At this website you can explore every aspect of it – in English or Italian!

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Below it you’ll see three items that are also accessible by using the menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

  • Tower’s History – You can read all about the history of the tower, the phases of construction, the architect, the decorative art that adorns it, and an explanation of why it leans.
  • QTVR Tower – Take a Quick Time Virtual Reality tour of the tower and the city of Pisa.
  • Photo and Events – This opens to another menu where you can access:
    • Tower’s Gallery – An online photographic archive of the tower.
    • Poster – Read a 14-part history of the tower’s construction and attempts to conserve it stretching back over more than eight centuries.

This is a fascinating tour and archaeological account of one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

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