Relógio da Câmara - Benavente, Portugal
Posted by: manchanegra
N 38° 59.016 W 008° 48.594
29S E 516464 N 4314973
Quick Description: Clock mounted in the City Hall tower in Benavente.
Location: Santarém, Portugal
Date Posted: 2/27/2012 7:46:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMDVM7
The building of the Municipality of Benavente was built from scratch for this purpose in 1875 at the site where previously stood the old Town Hall. This building housed, also, the Court, the jail and other public offices. It is a rectangular and presents its main facade dotted with balconies on the first floor and ground floor windows. The remaining facades bearing also windows.
The main door access, opens a lobby paved with stone and where part of a central staircase, also in stone, which unfolds in two, giving access to first floor. The building has also two intermediate floors, one on each side with each other uneven. During the earthquake that shook the town of Benavente in 1909, the building suffered some damage. The collapse of the balcony that surrounded the roof and numerous cracks in the walls. When we performed the restoration work has introduced a new element, which is today a reference in the building, the metal tower with a lookout, bells and city clock.
The clock has a white dial with arab numerals in black and has the inscription "CMB 1911" (Câmara Municipal de Benavente / City Hall 1911). It´s surrounded by an artistic frame in metal.
Year built: 1/1/1911
Photo of clock.
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