Brazil in pictures: the leaning houses of Santos

May 9, 2008 | By More

You might think it’s an optical illusion but the fact is that a sizeable number of tower blocks on Santos’ beachfront are anything but straight. Take an unstable soil and add a pinch of property developer’s negligence and you end up with nearly one hundred buildings that in some cases are leaning even more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In actual fact, Italian specialists that worked on the Tower of Pisa were brought in to help secure the buildings in Santos.


The apartments are inhabited and structural engineers give assurances that the blocks are not going to collapse. I wouldn’t spend a night in one of those apartments!


One popular urban legend in Santos goes on saying that the collapse of a building would trigger the domino effect, giving a completely new visual (building-free) to Santos beachfront. Specialists deny such catastrophe could ever happen, as the buildings tend to collapse vertically.

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Category: Brazil in pictures, Destination: São Paulo

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