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Sather Tower, Berkeley
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Sather Tower is a campanile (bell and clock tower) on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It is more commonly known as The Campanile due to its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice, and serves as UC Berkeley's most recognizable symbol. It was completed in 1914 and first opened to the public in 1917. The tower stands 307 feet (93.6 m) tall, making it the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. It was designed by John Galen Howard, founder of the Department of Architecture at the University, and it marks a secondary axis in his original Beaux-Arts campus plan. Since then, it has been a major point of orientation in almost every campus master plan. The tower has seven floors, with an observation deck on the eighth floor. Some floors are used to store fossils.
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  • Picture or experience worthy! If you're lucky, you will see the bell-ringer playing the pedal/manual keyboard--carillon. While fascinating, the view is worth it too. I always take people here first to...  more »
  • I tried to go up to the top of the sather tower many times before. sometimes, I didn't have enough time to go on top or the tower was closed due to faculty meeting and etc. Finally, I went up to the t...  more »
  • Looked out at the Campanile from my dorm room all my freshman year but never went up in it. Finally did. The views were fantastic on a clear fall day. Highly recommend it. $2.00 for seniors/$3.00 for ...  more »