中英對照讀新聞》Italian officials secure 12th Century leaning tower in Bologna to prevent collapse義大利官員保護波隆那12世紀斜塔以防倒塌
Officials have secured the area around one of two 12th Century towers that have become symbolic of the northern city of Bologna, fearing its leaning could lead to collapse.
The city on Friday announced 4.3 million euros in works to shore up the Garisenda tower, one of the so-called Two Towers that look out over central Bologna, providing inspiration over the centuries to painters and poets and a lookout spot during conflicts. Work will proceed during January and February.
Italy’s civil protection agency has maintained a yellow alert on the site, denoting caution but not imminent danger.
The Garisenda, the shorter of two towers built between 1109 and 1119, currently stands 48 meters to the Asinelli’s 97 meters.
Mayor Matteo Lepore noted in a debate earlier this month that the Garisenda tower has leaned since it was built “and has been a concern ever since.”
shore up：動詞片語，支撐、改善。例句：The new public relations manager has the difficult task of shoring up the company’s troubled image.（新任公關經理面臨改善公司不良形象的艱钜任務。）
denote：動詞，預示、表示、代表。例句：The color red is used to denote passion or danger.（紅色用於表示激情或危險。）