The Most tilted tower-world record set
by Steeple church
[Nov 10]STEEPLE,Germany--The 15 th century church Steeple in Germany
is the most tilted tower in the world.
This 27-metre-high tower in the northern village of
Suurhusen tilts at an angle of 5.19 degrees, much greater angle
as compared to 3.97 degrees of the Pisa tower. (enlarge
The elated pastor of Church Frank Wessels said,
“We have always known it, but now it's official”.
The Steeple tower grabbed this special position
from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was earlier the most tilted
tower in the world.
Tjabbo van Lessen a local historian said that
the church was built in marshy land in 1450 on foundation of oak
tree trunks which were preserved by the water in the ground, the
wood decomposed with time as a result the tower tilted to such an
The 15th century church with its tilting tower in the small northern
German village of Suurhusen November 7, 2007.
by Christian Charisius/Reuters (enlarge
Mayor Wolfgang Schneider told ABC News, "I
don't think we'll ever have as many visitors come here to see our
church, but I like the idea that we have a tourist attraction on
offer. Many of our forefathers emigrated to the U.S., to Iowa and
Illinois in particular, so who knows, maybe tourists from the U.S.
will learn about our attraction and come see us."
The Steeple was closed for safety reason in the year
1975 but reopened later after it was made safe.
The village Suurhusen might have never come to notice
if the Steeple would not have fetched this distinction, with 1200
residents near Germany’s border with the Netherlands, this news
has opened new vistas to get all the tourist attraction.
The church tower's tilt angle is greater than
Pisa's tower, but it has less than half of Pisa’s height which till
now has kept itself visibly erect in the history of record books.