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Sather Tower, commonly known as The Campanile, is located at the University of California, Berkeley campus. It earned its famed moniker after its resemblance to Venice?s Campanile di San Marco.

The construction of the Sather Tower was concluded in 1914 and was publicly opened in 1917. The bell-and-clock tower measures 307 feet in height, aptly making it the third tallest of its kind in the world. The tower accommodates its original 12-bell carillion which were set up in 1917. The number of bells grew to 48 in 1979, and reached its current number of 61 in 1983. The biggest of the original bells carries an inscription by Greek Isaac Flag; while the name of the original bells? benefactress, Jane K. Sather, is engraved in each.

Currently, the bells toll every hour with the 10,500 pound ?Great Bear Bell? accentuating the concerto. This enormous piece has small bear, as well as the Ursa Major constellation carvings around it. Every Spring and Fall semesters, the carillion of 61 bells echoes through UC Berkeley for ten minutes at several times a day. On the other hand, ?They?re Hanging Danny Deever in the Morning? is performed as each semester draws to an end.

Due to its cool interior, the tower suitably houses numerous fossils from the Department of Integrative Biology. These fossils were dug from the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles. In 1981, bars intended to fend off those who attempt to commit suicide were put. The initiative came after the structure became an appealing suicide point to many.

The tower?s observation deck is located 200 feet up. With the help of its elevator, any visitor can marvel at the exhilarating views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, the campus, and the neighboring hills. Two dollars is collected from the general public, while one dollar is for age 18 and under, seniors, and members of Cal Alumni Association. Students, faculty, and staff of UC Berkeley can enjoy the views freely.
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