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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Church Out-Leans the Tower of Pisa

BERLIN -- The Guinness World Records has ruled that a church steeple in Germany, not the famous leaning tower of Pisa, is the most tilted tower in the world.

The 25.7-meter steeple tilts at an angle of 5.07 degrees, while the tower of Pisa tilts at just 3.97 degrees, said Olaf Kuchenbecker, head of Guinness's German edition.

"When you lay photos of the two next to each other you can see it relatively clearly," Kuchenbecker said.

The new record, scheduled to appear next autumn in Guinness Book of World Records, could strip the Pisa tower of its iconic status, he said.

The 15th-century German church tower stands in Suurhusen, a small village near Emden in northwestern Germany. Although its tilt angle is greater than that of Pisa's, it is less than half as tall as the Italian tower.

Kuchenbecker was to present the village with a certificate commemorating the record Thursday.