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The civic tower is a defensive complement, as well as a communications tower and the public clock, sign and emblem of municipal power. It stands in La Plaza Mayor or La Constituci髇, in the same location as the previous one.

The monument we are contemplating was built in the mid-16th century, with a height of 17.70 meters including the knobs located on the cornice of the parapet built as a top finish. It is a prismatic building of ashlars that inscribe a hexagon on an also irregular base, in which the stairs with three seats that give access to the door located to the northeast, devoid of any decorative element, were integrated.

The tower is made up of two bodies bounded by horizontal moldings that separate them, the highest coinciding with the base of the roof on whose angles the gargoyles were installed, in the shape of the head of a bulldog or mastiff; in which three small rectangular openings or embrasures open, one in the first and two in the second, in order to provide clarity to the granite spiral stairs, attached to the wall, that lead to the ajarafe.

In the second body, two shields with the arms of Betanzos were placed at the same level and on consecutive sides, facing north and east, and the municipal public clock between them, in the same orientation as the access door, and on the side From the northeast a door opens, provided with a metal railing and a bricked-up arch above it, which leads to the roof.

Once the tower was finished up to the roof, the municipality intended to install an iron frame for the clock, a project that would have to be delayed due to lack of budget for its execution. At the beginning of the 17th century, the construction of the 獵HAPITEL would be resumed, considered as the auction or crown that adorns, enhances and embellishes the tower.

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La torre c韛ica es un complemento defensivo, am閚 de torre de comunicaciones y del reloj p鷅lico, se馻 y emblema del poder municipal. Se levanta en La Plaza Mayor o de La Constituci髇, en el mismo emplazamiento de otro anterior.

El monumento que contemplamos fue levantado a mediados del siglo XVI,con una altura de 1770 metros incluidas las perillas situadas sobre la cornisa del pretil construido como remate superior. Se trata de un edificio prism醫ico de sillares que inscriben un hex醙ono sobre una base tambi閚 irregular, en la que se integraron las escaleras de tres esca駉s que dan acceso a la puerta situada al nor-deste, desprovista de cualquier elemento de adorno.

La torre esta formada por dos cuerpos ce駃dos por molduras horizontales que los separan, coincidiendo la m醩 elevada con la base de la azotea en cuyos 醤gulos se instalaron las g醨golas, en forma de cabeza de perro de presa o dogo; en los que se abren tres vanos rectangulares o troneras de reducidas dimensiones, uno en el primero y dos en el segundo, con el fin de proporcionar claridad a las escaleras gran韙icas de caracol, adosadas al muro, que conducen al ajarafe.

En el segundo cuerpo se situaron al mismo nivel y en lados consecutivos, dos escudos con las armas de Betanzos, orientados al norte y al este, y el reloj p鷅lico municipal entre ellos, en id閚tica orientaci髇 que la puerta de acceso, y por el costado del nordeste se abre una puerta, provista de barandilla met醠ica y un arco tapiado sobre ella, que conduce al terrado.

Una vez que la torre estuvo terminada hasta la azotea, la municipalidad tuvo la intenci髇 de instalar un armaz髇 de hierro para el reloj, proyecto que habr韆de dilatarse en el tiempo por falta de presupuesto para su ejecuci髇. A principiosdel siglo XVII, se retomar韆 la construcci髇 del 獵HAPITEL, considerado como el remate o corona que adorna, realza y embellece la torre.


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  • Copyright: Luis Garcia (adramad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 9172 W: 5 N: 16478] (73374)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-30
  • Exposure: f/0.5, 1/21 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-07-04 11:48
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