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Nederland - Leeuwarden, Oldehove

Nederland - Leeuwarden, Oldehove
Oldehove was an artificial dwelling mound in the provice Frisia, which - together with Nijehove and Hoek - became the town of Leeuwarden in 1435. In the same year, Leeuwarden received city rights.

In the late 9th century a Catholic church - dedicated to Saint Vitus - was built on that mound. Construction of the adjoining Late Gothic tower began in 1529, after the citizens of Leeuwarden demanded a tower taller than the one in the city of Groningen, the Martinitoren. The original plan included attaching a new church to the tower, which would replace the old Saint Vitus church, but this was never realised. Master builder Jacob van Aken was unlucky from the start, because the tower began to sink during construction. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, it was decided to continue to build perpendicular on top of the leaning bottom. Because of this the tower is also curved. Construction was subsequently halted in 1533 and has never been resumed. The tower never reached its intended height of about 120 meters. In 1595–1596, the then derelict church was demolished, but the tower remains.

Although the Oldehove - as the tower is called - has never been used for special purposes, nevertheless it acquired a symbolic status. Inhabitants of Leeuwarden are proud of their Oldehove. “I feel rather homesick, when I cannot see the Oldehove”, is a well-known saying among the locals.

The Oldehove is 39 meters high; the number of steps to reach the top is 184. The angle of leaning is 1,99 meters. The Oldehove has been used as timepiece, storage space and observation post; nowadays the tower is used by the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden (Historical Center Leeuwarden).

Günter Klaus, Ernest CH, Heide, Erhard Bernstein and 55 other people have particularly liked this photo

54 comments - The latest ones
Gudrun club
The leaning tower makes you quite dizzy to look at! I didn't know about this, very interesting information and a fabulous set of photos.
6 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
This structures rivals the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I enjoyed reading the information you provided, Jaap. All the best, Joe
6 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Une grande et belle photo bien informée... Bon weekend salutaire.
6 months ago.
 Alexander Prolygin
Alexander Prolygin club
Very interesting description !!
Happy weekend, Be in Safe
6 months ago.
Stefano club
Fa concorrenza alla torre di Pisa...
Ciao, Stefano
6 months ago.
 Weard Bültena
Weard Bültena club
tolle Aufnahmen und interessante Informationen.
6 months ago.
menonfire club
... so gibt es ein schiefes Wahrzeichen mehr ;-), toller Fund Jaap
6 months ago.
cammino club
Erstaunlich schief!!!
6 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Superb series and story!
6 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Amazing construction !!!!!!!

It competes with the Leaning Tower of Pisa !!!!!
6 months ago.
J.Garcia club
Very tumbled but imposing and firm!
Excellent details and admirable photos!
Very curious story and very well told, Ron!
6 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
we are in Pisa ??? ;-)
great reportage !
6 months ago.
Ecobird club
An excellent series of images Jaap and I enjoyed the history behind this tower. Amazing it has survived so well when it is both leaning and curved!

Have a good weekend
6 months ago.
Berny club
Don't touch!
6 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Buena foto. Parece un castigo a la soberbia de los antiguos ciudadanos de Leeuwarden por querer ser más que el vecino, el que se inclinara y no consiguieran superar la altura de la Martinitoren, de Groninga.
6 months ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Beau plan sur cette église penchée !! Bonsoir
6 months ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
beau monument avec son histoire
6 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Interesting history of this amazing leaning tower!
6 months ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Impressionnant !
6 months ago.
RHH club
Fantastic information and superb photo, Jaap.
6 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Great story and photos. Despite the shame to the original builder, the tower has no doubt many tourists to the town.
6 months ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Fantastic photo and information.
6 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe série d'un beau monument .
6 months ago. Edited 6 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbes images !
Bon dimanche. Amitiés
6 months ago.
Annemarie club
beautiful, also the insets

Happy sunday!
6 months ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Wow super diese Aufnahmen, und Danke für die Informationen dazu!
6 months ago.
 Martin Janßen
Martin Janßen club
Very interesting story and beautifully captured, Pisa in Leeuwarden. Have a nice week ahead!
6 months ago.
Schussentäler club
Ich wusste gar nicht, dass Holland eine schiefen Turm hat. Danke fürs zeigen
6 months ago.
Annaig56 club
bon dimanche jaap merci de ta visite,
6 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Impressive, Jaap !
6 months ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
Splendid capture and interesting description, Jaap.
Have a nice Sunday and staty well.
6 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
The leaning tower of Oldehove. Another great find by you and as usual well documented. Thanks for sharing Jaap.

Keep safe. Herb
6 months ago.
uwschu club
Interessante Geschichte um diesen Bau
6 months ago.
Zulma club
Your series, my friend, are outstanding!! Have a great Sunday.
6 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Great shots of this massive and leaning tower. Thank you again for the interesting informations, Jaap !
6 months ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Interesting and well captured tower, Jaap!
6 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Très belles photos .
6 months ago.
RHH club
Have a good day and a good new week, Jaap.
6 months ago.
Esther club
That is quite a tilt! Amazing.
6 months ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
Mooie foto's, Jaap. en wat interessant om de hoek te zien van de toren.

Zoals altijd, dank je wel voor je bezoek, en ik wil je een prettige, gezonde nieuwe week toewensen. :-)
6 months ago. Edited 6 months ago.
 Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel club
Great info! Love it!
6 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Erinnert an den schiefen Turm von Pisa,
Super in Wort und Bild
Freundliche Grüße und eine gute Woche
6 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
A remarkable story to accompany this fine series of pictures Jaap. Thanks for sharing.

Have a good week
6 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Interesting and a terrific set of images Jaap,
Have a nice week
6 months ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
Ein eindrucksvolles Bauwerk
6 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wonderful story and impressive buiding.
Of course after the compreensive note I understand it much better.
Thank you Jaap.
6 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
impressionnante cette tour avec une belle inclinaison******************bonnes infos aussi !*********
bon mardi Jaap♫
6 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That is amazing Jaap! I didn't know about this tower, so thank you for the information. It would be good to visit one day.
6 months ago.
tiabunna club
A remarkable leaning tower, which is also new to me. Thanks for the information too, Jaap.
6 months ago.
 michael / nureinmoment /
michael / nureinmome… club
we all have our 'torre pendente' :-)
5 months ago.
 Denis Croissant
Denis Croissant club
Wow! Never heard of this before....
5 months ago.
micritter club
Very interesting historical information. Very nice work.
5 months ago.
BillsPics club
Fascinating info and image Jaap!
5 months ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
.....da zeigst du wieder sehr schöne Aufnahmen lieber Jaap,schaut ja richtig genial aus dieser Turm:))

.........wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
2 days ago.

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