The Leaning Tower of Pisa gets all the fame and glory, but there are plenty of other scenic structures around the world that are a little off-kilter. Some, like Pisa, were built on unstable ground and are precariously close to toppling over. Others were purpose-built at an angle as an architectural quirk. All make great fodder for those irresistible tacky tourist photos where you look like you’re pushing it back into an upright position. Here are ten lesser-known leaning towers around the globe.
10. Leaning Tower of Wanaka, New Zealand
This extreme tourist tower outdoes them all, jutting out at seemingly impossible 53 degrees while perilously balancing on one corner. How exactly they managed involves a lot of complicated engineering but it’s more fun to keep it a mystery. It’s part of Stuart Landsborough’s off-beat Puzzling World attraction in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region. The toppling tower was constructed for no other reason than to celebrate illusion and eccentricity.
9. Capital Gate, United Arab Emerates
There’s some competitive architecture going on in the UAE’s building boom, each one trying to do the next in terms of size or flair (or budget, for that matter). Abu Dhabi’s 35 story Capital Gate skyscraper is not only one of the tallest buildings in the city but it leans a striking 18 degrees to the west – four times greater than paltry Pisa. It also swoops and contorts in a spiralling funnel shape. It’s a strange yet beautiful design that is becoming an iconic part of the Abu Dhabi skyline.