Leaning Tower of Pisa to be lit up in colours of Polish flag

The Polish Embassy in Italy announced on Friday that the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be illuminated with the white and red of the Polish flag in celebration of Poland's Independence centenary.

Poland's diplomatic base in Italy confirmed that the Leaning Tower, one of the most famous and recognised monuments in the world, will be illuminated in the colours of the Polish flag on November 16 in recognition of Poland regaining its independence 100 years ago. The tower will be bathed in the white and red light from 7pm and the illuminations will continue for four hours.

Polish-born Michele Jamiolkowski, a professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin, is the leader of a team of scientists and engineers responsible for the strengthening of the structure and for the prevention of further leaning of the tower.

A Polish embassy press release also noted that the illumination of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of a number of similar initiatives to celebrate the independence centenary whereby various landmark buildings and monuments around the world will be lit up in the white and red colours. Among others, these structures will include the pyramids in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro and the big wheel on the waterfront in Santa Monica, California.