Friday, July 6, 2012

Visiting Friesland: De Oldehove

Did you know Italy isn't the only country with a leaning tower?

Actually, the Dutchies say that De Oldehove Tower in Leeuwarden leans over slightly more that it's Italian counterpart...


When the construction on this intended church bell tower began in the 16th century, the whole thing started to sink. Apparently, the builders thought this little problem was easily fixed...but it wasn't.

Now, this crooked tower leans almost two-meters off center
and it's one of the main historic highlights of Leeuwarden.
I wonder what the masons from way-back-when think of their work today?

For only three-bucks we hiked up the ancient stone stairway to the top
and enjoyed a great view of the city...


I caught this last view during our Leeuwarden canal tour,
from this angle you can really see how crooked it is, ha!
Want more? Read more about the tower right here.

De Oldehove
Oldehoofsterkerkhof, Leeuwarden
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 13:00-17:00
Adults €3, Children €1.50

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