This Tower Leans More Than Pisa's

This Tower Leans More Than Pisa's

To be fair to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it did lean more than the Suurhusen church tower at one point in time. Before restoration work between 1990 and 2001, it had a tilt of around 5.5 degrees! But workers stabilized the tower by removing earth from beneath its raised end, thereby ensuring that it would continue to stand for centuries. Its tilt is currently around 3.99 degrees. The late medieval tower in Suurhusen, Germany, meanwhile, now leans a good 1.2 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the attached church still hosts mass regularly!

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The Leaning Tower of Pisa used to lean at a 5-degree angle, but restorative efforts have decreased its tilt to around 4 degrees. (0:05)

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    This is an error—the Leaning Tower of Pisa weighs around 14,500 tons. (0:20)

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    The Leaning Tower of Pisa actually leans and curves back upward, like a banana. (0:46)

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    To stabilize the Leaning Tower of Pisa, workers removed about 220 pounds (100 kg) of soil from beneath its raised end every day for a year. (2:41)

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    Engineers claim the Leaning Tower of Pisa can survive another three centuries. (2:58)

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