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Sather Tower, Berkeley

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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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  • Very unfortunate that the tower was already closed when i arrived. Not sure what the hours are would love to go up to the top. But, still a beautiful and iconic landmark for Cal Berkeley. 
    Very unfortunate that the tower was already closed when i arrived. Not sure what the hours are would love to go up to the top. But, still a beautiful and iconic landmark for Cal Berkeley.  more »
  • This tower is in your vision as you look East from the Bay Bridge and other spots along the Bay. You can walk up to the top for great views. It's the icon on the UC campus, mu alma mater. 
    This tower is in your vision as you look East from the Bay Bridge and other spots along the Bay. You can walk up to the top for great views. It's the icon on the UC campus, mu alma mater.  more »

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