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Due Torri (The two towers), the traditional symbol of Bologna, are a group of medieval structures. Made in masonry work, as very few other buildings at that time, they had very important military functions(signalling and defence), beside representing with their imposing heights the social prestige of the noble families that owned them. In the late 12th century, at least one hundred towers dotted the town's skyline, but today only twenty have survived the ravages of fire, the fights between families, the earthquakes and lightning. Quite recently, the statue of San Petronio made by Gabriele Brunelli in 1670, has been placed back under the towers, after being removed in 1871 for "traffic reasons".
The Asinelli Tower was built in 1109 - 19 by the Asinelli family, but by the following century it had already been acquired by the Municipality of Bologna It is high 97,20 meters while to the base has one width of approximately 9 meters (an inner staircase of 498 steps completed in 1684). Slanted E' of 2,23 meters in direction of via Rizzoli and this contributes to the characteristic aspect of the two towers, in how much the Garisenda is tilted from the opposite part.
The Garisenda Tower, built around the same period, is much smaller (47 meters) with a steeper drop (3.22 m) due to an early and more marked subsidence of soil and foundation. For emergency reasons, between the 1351 and 1360 Giovanni from Oleggio, that it governed the city in name of the Visconti, it made to shorten of 13 meters the tower. The ashlar covering in selenite stone of the base dates back to the late 19th century.
(From http://www.abcbologna.it/english/Monuments/e_duetorri.php).

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