Thursday, November 7, 2013

Suurhusen - Germany

Suurhusen is a a village in the East Frisian region of northwestern Germany, famous for it's leaning tower. 
The Leaning Tower of Suurhusen is a late medieval steeple, the most leaning tower that is unintentionally tilted, beating the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22 degrees.

Foto: Ernst Müller * Verlag: Regio-Karten, Aurich
The Brick Gothic church in Suurhusen is reminiscent of the old fortress churches. Originally, it was 32 metres long and 9.35 metres wide. In 1450 the church was shortened by about a quarter and the tower was built in the space. This tower currently leans at an angle of 5.1939 degrees – compared to 3.97 degrees for the Pisa tower after its stabilization.
According to local historian Tjabbo van Lessen, the church was built in the Middle Ages in marshy land on foundations of oak tree trunks which were preserved by groundwater. When the land was drained in the 19th century the wood rotted, causing the tower to tilt. The steeple was closed to the public in 1975 for safety reasons, and re-opened 10 years later after being made safe. - in: wikipedia
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