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Sather Tower, Berkeley

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Sather Tower is a bell tower with clocks on its four faces on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. It is more commonly known as The Campanile ( KAMP-ə-NEE-lee, -⁠lay, also US: KAHMP-) for its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. It is a recognizable symbol of the university.

Given by Jane K. Sather in memory of her husband, banker Peder Sather, it is the third-tallest bell-and-clock-tower in the world.

Its current 61-bell carillon, built around a nucleus of 12 bells also given by Jane Sather, can be heard for many miles and supports an extensive program of education in campanology.

Sather Tower also houses many of the Department of Integrative Biology's fossils (mainly from the La Brea Tar Pits) because its cool, dry interior is suited for their preservation.
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  • I don't usually like history, but I had fun seeing the old photos of Berkeley, the statue to the fallen heroes, and the view from Sather Tower! I learned a lot about how the bell tower works!  more »
  • We are always impressed by the site of Sather Tower. Its an iconic landmark of the campus. If one takes the elevator to the top, one is also treated with views of the campus, Berkeley, and of the.....  more »

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