The newly revamped Campanile, one of Port Elizabeth’s most visible skyline and audible heritage landmarks, is now open to visitors to the Friendly City.
The Campanile Memorial features a climb of 204 steps that take one to the Observation Room, offering a magnificent view of the harbour and surroundings, more than 52m above the city, and contains the largest carillon of bells in the country, in addition to its chiming clock. A silver plaque has been placed on the 67th step of the 204 steps spiralling staircase in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in service of democracy.
Some of the new features of the Campanile include an interactive visual-technology array dubbed Ghost Bells – bell proxies installed under the actual carillon, which visually light up during chiming or when visitors press keys of an interactive silver console to match the pitch of a key with the corresponding bell.
Another addition includes the harbour viewing window – an observation deck capsule at the top of the 50m Campanile memorial, suspending visitors in the sky when they overlook the Port Elizabeth harbour.
A new reception area that will act as an information desk and there are several galleries and exhibition areas within the Campanile for the city’s creative communities.
All of these new features offer a welcoming start to the city’s iconic Route 67 – a public art urban meander dedicated to Nelson Mandela, which has its starting point at the Campanile.
Watch the documentary on the revamping of the Campanile:
The Campanile is closed on Mondays. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm and on Sundays from 2pm-5pm. For more information on the Campanile, visit the Mandela Bay Development Agency.
– The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA)