A clock tower in need of T.L.C.

I was very surprised to find the Tourism office inside the Clock Tower, in Alta Gracia. What a strange place for a tourist office! Those were my thoughts when I first visited Alta Gracia 3 years ago. After spending 5 days here I am of the opinion that they cannot be in a better building.

The Clock Tower  (El Torre Reloj) cannot be missed. It is right opposite the famous Jesuits building and is an important landmark in the city of Alta Gracia. To visit the tourist attractions you have to walk past the Clock Tower.

Clock tower in Alta Gracia
The clock tower at sunset.

My blog today is not about the tourist office. It is about the Clock Tower itself. It was built in 1938 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the town. It represents the passing of time and the historical stages of the city.

I wanted to know more. Who built it? I was curious about the architectural style. Sadly all I could find was an article in La Voz, the local newspaper, about the Clock Tower that will be undergoing reparations and maintenance.

This was indeed the truth and scaffolding was surrounding the poor tower. It almost looked like he was covered in corner barces. To make things even worse he was covered in some kind of fungus. Poor thing! He was indeed in need of some tender loving care.

the clock tower in Alta Gracia

The City council did some studies and it looks like a combination of humidity and water is causing this bacterial infection. But he is receiving ´medical´ attention right now and when he is better they will be dressing him up with coloured lights in strategic places. He will look like brand new.

the clock tower in Alta Gracia
Details of the fungus on the wall is still visible

When you visit Alta Gracia admire the clock tower. If you look closely you will see balconies and beautiful statues towards the upper part. At the top the clock is ticking…..tick.tick.tick!

Date: 13-17 July 2011
Where: Alta Gracia, Cordoba, Argentina 

I have been fortunate to have done quite a bit of travelling over the last 10 years. By heart I am an adventurer and I love exploring new places, cultures and food. Travelling can become stressful and expensive. Over the years I have learnt to travel as cost effective as possible, simply by travelling more clever. Nelmitravel.com is a Adventure and Budget Travel site where I review Airlines, Accommodation, Transport, Restaurants and give helpful travel information.

29 Comments

  1. What a really great looking structure!! I love going to foreign countries and seeing buildings that were built so many years before. When you think how they built without the equipment we have today it is amazinghttp://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-i-photograph-silhouettes.html

  2. Wonderful structure. He seems to be standing up well to the years considering how many it has been. Very interesting read and photos.

  3. A beautiful structure, I always think these 'problems' give them a touch of character but I definitely feel for this fellow. At least he's still ticking so it's only cosmetic.

  4. What a grand-looking fellow he is…even though he is presently feeling poorly!I can imagine how handsome he will be when he's restored to his real, glorious self!I really enjoyed reading your post and pictures!

  5. Strange place indeed for a tourist office 🙂 The clock tower looks great now but I'm sure it will absolutely be amazing after the much needed restoration job. Bet the view from atop is impressive!!

  6. HI David, you know you mention such an interesting thing. I have never asked if a person could walk to the top! I am sure the view must be impressive because right next to it is a man made lake. Next time when I am there I will ask 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

  7. Hi Alpana, I love them too. I could sit in front of them for a long time and just admire them. This one is very impressive looking and I am sure he will look even more impressive after the maintenance 🙂 Glad you have enjoyed it 🙂

  8. Beautiful! Thanks for the mini-course on the clock tower — I feel a little smarter than I was a few minutes ago ;-)Our lovely St. Paul's Cathedral, here in MN, went through a restoration a few years ago. It seemed like FOREVER that it was surrounded by scaffolding, cluttering the view — but when they were finally finished it looked more GLORIOUS than ever!

  9. HI David, you know you mention such an interesting thing. I have never asked if a person could walk to the top! I am sure the view must be impressive because right next to it is a man made lake. Next time when I am there I will ask 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

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