Famous Buildings : Leaning Towers Around The World

We all know about the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and its significance as one of the former Wonders of the World. This 10th century tower has for centuries aroused the curiosity of visitors and locals alike due to its alarming 3.99 degrees slant. Standing out in sharp contrast to the other straight buildings in the area, the tower is a pleasure to watch and explore. But if you think it is the only leaning tower in the world, you are wrong.

There are several other leaning towers situated across the globe. Even though they may not be as magnificent as the original Leaning Tower in Pisa, they still have their share of visitors.

Welcome to the small village of Suurhusen in East Frisia, Germany. The village houses a 15th century church which is touted to be the most slanting building in the world and even beats the Tower at Pisa by a clean 1.22 degrees, which means the tower of the church is tilted at an angle of almost 6 to 7 degrees. Wow!

When visiting Spain, you are not bound to miss the famous Gateway to Europe towers that are considered to be one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Standing 115 meters tall each, these buildings were supposedly the first kind of leaning high rise structures in the world and tilt at an angle of 15 degrees.

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Again in Spain, the Barceloneta Beach attracts hordes of visitors to its sandy shores. More than for the sun and the water, people flock to this beach in Barcelona to take a look at the Leaning Tower of Barceloneta.

The tower looks quite strange as it is made up of giant cube like structures that are haphazardly placed one above the other to form a composite leaning structure. Painted bright red, the building stands out among the other smaller buildings on the beach and is a real eye turner.

And then there’s the Tower of  Torun in Poland. Sharing a similar fate as that of the tower at Pisa, the tower at Torun, though much smaller, started to lean as soon as the construction was completed. Experts say this was due to the instable ground beneath the tower.

Built during the Zand dynasty and named after the ruler, the Karim Khan Citadel of Shiraz was formerly the abode of Karim Khan and is located in Iran. Resembling an ancient fortress, the leaning citadel today stands as a major tourist attraction in Iran.

China is known for its high rise buildings and masive sky scrapers. But some may not know that it also houses a leaning bell tower. Located in the small area of Liuzhou, the bell tower was slated for demolition. However, it miraculously survived the blast and started leaning at an angle making it quite attractive and a popular tourist site.

Standing at a height of 90 feet above the city of Myanmar is the Leaning Tower of Inwa. Also called as the Watch Tower or Nan Myint, the tower was nearly completely damaged in a severe earthquake that struck the city in 1838. Although most of the building was reduced to mere rubble, a part of it survived the attack and sits today, tilting at a precarious angle.

The Teluk Intan Leaning Tower is one of the major attractions of the small Malaysian town of Teluk Intan. Formerly called the water tower, the building was erected for the purpose of storing water. However, just after construction finished, the tower started tilting. This was due to an underground stream that made the foundation soil beneath the tower weak.

Today, the tower sits as a popular tourist attraction. A small bell at the top of the tower rings every 15 minutes or so.

And finally, the weirdest of all the tilting buildings in the world would definitely be the Leaning Tower of Wanaka in New Zealand. Unlike the other towers that started tilting after construction, this particular tower was built at an angle of 53 degrees and sits on just one corner.


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