10 Top Ancient Leaning Structures around the World

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  • Post last modified:February 17, 2022

There are numerous leaning towers, both ancient and new, made with current technology. Here are ten leaning towers that were constructed hundreds of years ago and are still standing. The leaning towers in Europe are still stronger and many of them are found in different parts of Europe. It can take decades for a structure to tilt due to a poor foundation, stone fissures, or weather, and many of the leaning constructions featured below have been leaning for hundreds of years. With a lean of 5.19o, the Suurhusen Church Tower is the highest leaning building, followed by the tower of Pisa with a lean of 3.97o and a height of 56 meters.

1. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

This tower, also known as The Tower of Pisa, is located in the Tuscany province of Italy and was constructed from marble and stone. The tower’s foundations were constructed in 1173, and it was ultimately finished in 1372 after numerous phases of building. The tower has 296 stairs and weighs an estimated 13,500 tons.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
Opened: 1372
Province: Province of Pisa
Architectural style: Romanesque architecture
Height:
56 m
Function:
Belltower
Architect: Bonanno Pisano

The leaning tower of Pisa, Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash

2. Tiger Hill Pagoda, China

This is the Chinese Pagoda on Tiger Hill in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Southeast China. Construction began in 907 CE under the Wuyue Kingdom’s reign and was finished in 961 CE during the Song Dynasty.

Address: Tiger Hill in Suzhou city, Jiangsu Province, southeast China
Height: 47 meters
Weight: 7,000 tons
Opened: 961 CE
Province: Jiangsu
Leaned: 3o

Photo by Russ Bowling via Flickr

3. Two Towers of Bologna, Italy

The two towers are known as the Asinelli and Garisenda constructions. The Asinelli is the taller building and leaned 1.3o with a height of 319 feet, while the Garisenda leaned 4.3o with a height of 48 meters. The Garisenda structure leaned more than the leaning tower of Pisa.

Height: Asinelli (104 meters), Garisenda (48 meters)
Address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Province: Province of Bologna
Architectural style: Renaissance architecture
Leaned: 4.3o(Asinelli) and 1.3 (Garisenda)

Source: www.goldenassay.com

4. Bad Frankenhausen Church Tower, Germany

The church is located in the spa town of Bad Frankenhausen in the Kyffhauserkies district of Germany, the church claimed the second most round-backed tower in Germany, was built in 1382, the leaning caused by sinkholes of the nearby salt mines that began in the 17th century, increasing 6m of leaning per year.

Address: Bad Frankenhausen, Thuringia, Germany
Opened: 1382
Leaned: 4.8o

Photo by Markus Prowaznik via Panoramio

5. The Leaning Tower of Nevyansk, Russia

It is the tower in the Russian town of Nevyansk, which was built in the 18th century. The tower’s purpose is unknown; some speculate that it was used as a bank safe, a watchtower, a bell tower, or a jail. Built between 1721 and 1745, the tower rises 57.5 meters above the ground and has a 31-foot-square base.

Opened: 1732
Floors: 9
Height: 58 m
Leaned: 3o

Photo by Andrey Bogdanov via Panoramio

6. Leaning Church Tower of Suurhusen, Germany

This is the Church of Suurhusen in the Aurich area of Germany, built on 1450, with the world’s highest leaning tower at 5.19o, a base composed of strong masonry and resting on woodpiles, and a total weight of 2,116 tons.

Height: 27.37 meters
Materials: Brick
Architectural style: Gothic
Opened: 1450
Leaned: 5.19

Photo by Axel Heymann via Wikipedia

7. Leaning Tower of Burano, Italy

The Burano Tower is the church of Saint Martino on the Venetian island, and the reason for the tower’s lean is because the foundation is not capable to handle the structure. The Church is the most recognizable feature on the island, with a leaning bell tower.

Address: Burano, Italy
Architectural style: traditional Italian
Province: Province of Venice
Leaned: 1.8 meters

Photo by runner6496 via Panoramio

8. Oude Kerk, Netherlands

This is the oldest structure in Amsterdam, built on 1213, and the tower on the land, built between 1325 and 1350 near the ancient canal, since the bottom of the foundation is weaker and gets damp from the canal.

Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opened: 1350
Province: North Holland
Height: 67 m

Photo by Sander van der Wel via Flickr

9. Leaning Tower of Bedum, Netherlands

The leaning Church St. Walfriduskerk, built in the 12th century in Bedum, the Netherlands, is a 36-meter tower projected to be leaning at a higher angle than the leaning tower of Pisa.

Address: Bedum, Groningen Province, northeastern Netherlands
Height: 35.7 m (117 ft 2 in)
Materials: Brick
Status: Church
Opened: the 12th century
Style: Romanesque, Gothic
Leaned: 2.61m

Photo By Mart61 via Panoramio

10. Leaning Temple of Huma, India

The Temple of Huma is a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Orissa dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The purpose for learning is either by design or due to a shaky foundation. The leaning angle has yet to be determined.

Address: Huma, Sambalpur, Orissa, India
Founded: 1660-1788
Architectural style: Stone and Limestone Temple

Photo by MKar via Wikipedia

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