BEDUM, Netherlands The Tower of Pisa is being
challenged by a lesser-known 12th-century building in the
northern Dutch town of Bedum as Europe's most steeply leaning
Retired geometrician Jacob van Dijk said measurements this
week on Bedum's 36-metre church tower of Walfridus revealed it
is now leaning more than its Italian rival, which lost part of
its tilt following restoration works.
At a height of 55.86 meters, Pisa's tower leans about 4
metres, while Bedum's tower leans 2.61 metres on its height of
35.7 metres. If both towers were the same height, Bedum would
have a greater tilt of 6 cm, Van Dijk argues.
"In Italy they're happy with the result, but here in Bedum
we are much more happy, because the tower of Pisa is now
leaning less than the tower of Bedum," said Van Dijk.
(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block and Svebor Kranjc, Editing
by Dina Kyriakidou)