Lean Can Be Seen in London’s Big Ben

The main attraction in Pisa, Italy, is no longer Europe’s only iconic leaning tower.


London’s Big Ben is one and a half feet off perpendicular, according to a recent study, and getting worse every year. The tower is now tilting enough to be seen with the naked eye.

The problem is due to work done on Ben’s base back in the 19th century. And engineers say that it’s causing walls to crack inside the House of Commons.

While the most significant finding in the study was that the rate of the tower’s tipping has increased since 2003, officials needn’t worry about it toppling onto the streets of London anytime soon. If it continues at this pace, it’ll take roughly four millennia to be as crooked as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, according to The Telegraph.

Heading to London to see the sites? Read more about Big Ben and other must-sees in our London Travel Guide.

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