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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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  • The Sather Tower (Campanile), the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world & the stalwart symbol of UCB, offers great views of the bay. On weekdays, the carillon performance is at noon – 12:10 ...  more »
  • A walk through the Berkeley campus is a must for visitors, and the tower is very impressive with a grassy area next door. And of course if you are going to the Greek Theatre you must stop by and breat...  more »
  • Great views and the carillon is fun to watch when they play it at noon. Watch for the "displays" as you ride the elevator up.  more »