Construction of this leaning, curved and unfinished tower began in 1529. The original plan included attaching a new church to the tower, which would replace the old saint vitus church, but this was never realized. 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 m. although the Oldehove has never been used for special purposes, it acquired a symbolic status  nevertheless. inhabitants of leeuwarden are proud of their  Oldehove. ‘I feel rather homesick, when I cannot see the Oldehove’, is a well-known saying in the local dialect. The tower is managed  by Historisch Centrum leeuwarden (HCl) since 2010.

A few facts:

* Height of tower: 39 m (127 ft) without timbered top, 48 m (157 ft) with timbered top.

* Number of steps: 183

* Angle of leaning: 1.99 m (6.5 ft) 

* The Oldehove is not the most lop-sided tower in the Netherlands;  that is the one in the village of Miedum (in the municipality of Leeuwarden!)

* Among other things the Oldehove has been used as timepiece, storage space, observation post, status symbol and tourist attraction.
 

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