Port Elizabeth's renovated Campanile
Port Elizabeth's most visible skyline and audible heritage landmarks, the
Campanile, has been unveiled and opened to the public after renovations and
The Campanile Memorial has a
climb of 204 steps that takes one to the Observation Room, offering a
magnificent view of the harbour and surroundings, more than 52m above the city,
and it contains the largest carillon of bells in the country in addition to its
Innovative new features
Some of the new features of the Campanile include an interactive
visual-technology array dubbed ‘Ghost Bells’ – bell proxies installed under the
actual bell 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 several
exhibition areas within the Campanile for the city’s creative communities has
been developed. Other features such as a silver plaque on the 67th step of the
204 steps spiralling staircase to acknowledge Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in
service of democracy, had also been included as a new feature of the building.
Public art urban meander
The Campanile also provides ample opportunities for creative and arts
communities with several galleries and exhibition spaces incorporated on
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.
Operating hours this week
9am - 4pm Monday to Friday
9am to 3pm on Saturday
CLOSED on Sunday