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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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  • It is possible to climb the tower which offers a beautiful view from up there. Upstairs you can see the bells that are impressive.
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  • The campanile tower is the highlight of our UC Berkeley campus. It has a free entry for students whereas it's a nominal 3$ entry for visitors. On a clear day one can see the bay bridge and golden gate...  more »
  • Very enjoyable ride to the top - only takes a couple mins in an elevator. This is the only way to get to the top of the sather tower - there is no option to climb stairs as is the norm in Europe. Grea...  more »