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The church of Barbian with the leaning tower


The leaning tower of Barbian

The church of Barbian was built in the 13th century consecrated to the apostle and patron Saint Jacob. Today the only remaining of the old church is he bell tower. 
The church was constructed in a Romanesque style and in the year 1472 it obtained Gothic elements.
In 1874 – 1877 the Neo-Romanesque nave was added to the Gothic main body (today’s sacristy).

The inclination of the campanile is attributed to the different grounding on which the tower was built. The half on the downhill side lies on the unstable soil of the Central Uplands and the other half on solid quartz-phillite-rocks. Ing. Fulvio Pisetta carried out a mechanical intervention in 1985 – 1988 to assure the stability of the church tower.

Height: 37,00 metres
Inclination: 1,56 metres

The leaning tower of Barbian in winter