August 9, 1173 was the first stone bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Leaning Tower – the most famous “falling” tower in the world. It turns out that such structures are not so little. About ten of the most famous you will learn from our collection.
1. Church Suurhusen, Germany
Suurhusen construction of the late Middle Ages, the region of East Friesland in the north-west of Germany. According to Guinness World Records, it was the most inclined tower in the world, although in 2010 the new Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi interrupted this record. Suurhusen spire remains the most leaning tower in the world, the slope of which was ahead of the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22 degrees.
2. Big Ben, London, UK
Clock tower of the British Parliament (better known as Big Ben) is inclined to the north-west by 0.26 degrees or 43.5cm, according to documents that were recently made public. The incline level increased to 0.9 millimeters per year since 2003, the effect on the slope of permanent underground work and the London Underground.
3. The two towers of Bologna, Italy
Two towers Asinelli and Garisenda in Bologna steadily declining despite all the efforts of city officials, high tower called Asinelli smaller but more deflected Garisenda, its deviation from the vertical is already 3.22 m
4. The church tower Frankenhausen, Germany
The tower on a hillside on the outskirts of the city, is constantly exposed to strong winds engineers noticed that the speed with which the tower falls now is 6 cm per year. In this case, it may reach a tipping point in the next decade or so. Local and state officials have agreed to spend $ 1.5 million to try to stabilize the tower.
5. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Built on soft clay tower started falling a few years after construction began. Upon completion of construction in 1350, the tower leaned about four and a half feet. By 1990, the tower leaned in for another 4 m authorities have spent nearly two million pounds of lead ingots that were to be placed on one of its sides to prevent it from falling.
6. Nevyansk tower, Russia
Tower Nevyansk also falls. The tower is located in the center of Nevyansk and is one of the most famous in the Middle Urals. The construction was financed by Peter the Great, and was built in the first half of the 18th century, known in Russian builder Akinfiy Demidov. The tower height is 57.5 m. According to recent measurement deviation top of the tower with the right angle being 2.20 m. The exact date of construction of the tower is unknown, various historical sources mention dates between 1721 and 1745.
7. Tiger Hill Pagoda
Tiger Hill Pagoda or Huqiu Tower is located in the city of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province. The tower was built in the later period of the Five Dynasties (907-960 AD). The tower rises to a height of 47 m. This is a seven-storey building, built of blue brick octagons. Over thousands of years, the tower gradually tilted due to the forces of nature. The slope of 2.32 meter tower. Entire structure weighs approximately 7,000,000 kg.
8. The Burana Tower, Italy
The Burana Tower, or the Church of St. Martin is located on the Venetian island of Burano. The building was built in the 15th century, not falling leash because it relies on standing next to the building
9. The church Oude Kerk, Netherlands
Oude Kerk (Old Church), nicknamed the church Oude Jan (“Old John”), is a Gothic Protestant church in the old city center of Delft, the Netherlands. Height of 75 meters, it declined by 1.98 cm from the vertical.
10. Tower of Bedum, Netherlands
Tower of Bedum in the northern Dutch town of Bedum, also leans more than the Leaning Tower. 55.86m in height, the tower of Pisa leans about 4 meters, while the tower leans 2.61m in Bedum (8.6 ft) at a height of 35.7m.