June 21, 2024

Athens News

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"Leaning Tower of Pisa" in Greece: the Roboto paradox


It’s interesting, but hardly anyone knows that in Greece there is a church even more “crooked” than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which evokes an incredible feeling of the illusory nature of what is happening when you look at it.

The church in the village of Ropoto Trikala is dizzying for visitors, as it has a slope of 17 degrees due to a landslide.

According to ERT, the village’s residents were forced to leave about ten years ago after a landslide destroyed several houses: some were broken in half, while others “slipped” (moved) down the mountainside. Together with the houses, the Holy Church of Panagia the Mother of God “moved” down the slope. The building moved more than 200 meters, resulting in a tilt of 17 degrees. It is worth noting that, for comparison, the Leaning Tower of Pisa deviates by only 3.97 degrees.

As visitors to the ERT3 television camera and the Perimetros show said, you need to adjust your body posture in order to be able to walk up and down on an inclined floor.

The once vibrant village became a ghost town in 2011 when houses and buildings began to slide down the mountainside. Then more than 300 families were forced to leave their homes, and the plight of the village was “given into the hands of God’s providence.” The problem began with rainwater overflowing a nearby river. And in April 2012, excess water along with groundwater led to one of the most incredible land subsidences, due to which every building moved from its place and became uninhabitable.



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