Leaning Tower in Toruń

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  • 3-7
  • 7-12
  • 12-16

This mediaeval city tower got its name due to the significant vertical deviation (1.40 m). It was built in the fourteenth century as a simple, 15-meter high tower embedded in the system of city walls and set on four wall foundations, but with an unfinished end wall from the city. Through the holes in the side walls a porch for guardian was established, connecting the tower with the walls, and the lack of the internal wall facilitated the retraction of ammunition.

In the Middle Ages the sandy substrate on which the tower was set slid under the influence of the weight, causing at the same time the leaning of the tower until it relied on a more permanent basis.

In the eighteenth century tower ceased to perform defense functions. The the fourth wall has been adjusted, floors leveled and the tower was allocated as a punishment cell for women.

In the nineteenth century the tower was converted into a forge and an apartment for a gunsmith in the second half of this century, entirely converted for residential needs. The Gothic four-hipped roof has been replaced then by the new pent roof. In the 60s of the twentieth century it housed several cultural associations and currently serves as a cafe and souvenir kiosk.

The tower is now one of the most characteristic sights of Torun's of the Old Town.

Leaning Tower in Toruń

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ul. Pod Krzywą Wieżą 1, 87-100 Toruń

Opening days and hours:

24 hours a day

Tickets adults:
free admission
Tickets children:
free admission



sunnycompany.com; wikipedia

Updated on

Saturday, 12 July 2014

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