Leaning More Than Pisa

by Dave Weller

A 90 ft. church tower in the Northern Germany village of Suurhusen, has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most lopsided building. It bumped the Leaning Tower of Pisa out of the top spot. The church was built in the middle 13th century and the tower was added in 1450. The tower was build on a wooden foundation and that, in combination with wet soil, causes it to lean 5.19 degrees. In comparison, the Tower of Pisa leans 3.97 degrees.

The tower was stabilized in 1996 to keep it from leaning more. The church is still in use, but because of the perceived danger of the tower falling over, church services are held only on occasions such as Christmas or Easter.