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.
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 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.
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