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Bells and Bones

By the Numbers: UC Berkeley's Clock and Bell Tower


Peg Skorpinski


UC Berkeley’s Jane K. Sather Tower, known as “the Campanile,” celebrates 100 years this year. Here are some fun facts and figures about the iconic clock and bell tower. Open daily for tours; general admission $3. campanile.berkeley.edu.

Number of North American universities with a full-time carillonist. UC Berkeley’s head carillonist, Jeff Davis, also teaches lessons in bell ringing each semester.

Diameter, in feet, of the four clock faces. On the south side, there is a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln by Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, who sculpted Mount Rushmore.

Approximate height, in feet, of the Campanile. One of the world’s tallest freestanding clock and bell towers, it’s ranked just after one of its architectural inspirations: St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, Italy.

Number of fossils stored in the tower. From the La Brea and McKittrick tar pits, they include saber-toothed cats and ground sloths.

Weight, in tons, of the Great Bear Bell, which features bas-relief carvings. The grand carillon has 61 bells, which span five octaves in total.

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