Description: The church in Suurhusen is reminiscent of the old fortress churches of old. Originally the church was 32 metres long and 9.35 metres wide. The church tilts at an angle of 5.19 degrees compared to just 3.97 degrees for the Pisa tower. In 1450 the church was shortened by about a quarter and the tower was built in the space. This tower is considered today to be the most leaning tower in the world and is known as the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen.
According to local historian Tjabbo van Lessen, the church was built in marshy land in 1450 on foundations of oak tree trunks which were preserved by the water in the ground. When the land was drained in the 19th century, the wood rotted, causing the tower to tilt. The steeple was closed to the public in 1975 for safety reasons, but re-opened 10 years later after being made safe.
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