Civic Tower (Pavia)

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Remains of the tower (between the statue base and the corner of the Pavia Cathedral).

The 'Civic Tower was built in the Italian city of Pavia in the 11th century, next to Pavia Cathedral. Built to a rectangular footprint, it was 72 metres (236 feet) high.[1]

Between 1583 and 1585 the architect Pellegrino Tibaldi led works to add a room at the top of the tower to house the cathedral's bells, which it did until it was moved to a campanile of the Cathedral.[2]

On 17 March 1989, at 8.55 a.m., the Civic Tower collapsed, leaving 8,000 cubic metres (280,000 cubic feet) of brick, sand and granite rubble.[3] The collapse killed four people and injured fifteen.[4] It has not been rebuilt, though some elements from it are now on display at the city's Castello Visconteo.[2]


  1. ^ "Torre Civica (resti)" (in Italian). Lombardia Beni Culturali. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Arecchi, Alberto (29 January 2002). "La Torre Civica" (in Italian). Miapavia. 
  3. ^ Bonerandi, Enrico (18 March 1989). "Un Boato E L' Antica Torre Si Sbriciola". La Repubblica (in Italian). 
  4. ^ Montanari, Laura (22 March 1989). "Ma Pavia Ha Ancora Paura". La Repubblica (in Italian). 

Coordinates: 45°11′06″N 9°09′10″E / 45.18500°N 9.15278°E / 45.18500; 9.15278

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