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Clock tower’s bell will ring again at Municipal Palace

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Mérida’s Palacio Municipal clock tower is on track to ring again. Photo: Ron Allanach

Mérida, Yucatan — After 20 years of silence, the clock tower’s bell will ring again at the Municipal Palace.

Repair work in the bell tower will make it possible in the next few weeks.

Strong vibrations from the bell had weakened the bell tower’s walls, leading officials to disable the three huge bells, each weighing about a ton.

Mérida’s Palacio Municipal clock tower overlooks the Plaza Grande. Photo: Ron Allanach

West of the Plaza Grande, on Calle 62, the Palacio Municipal was built during the government of Don Santiago Aguirre in the 1730s. Its clock tower was constructed in 1928 when the bells pealed on the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour.

And after two decades, the city has a budget and a person in place to carry out the repairs to the tower and the wooden crossbar from which the bells are hung.

The clock itself is in good repair, requiring only monthly oiling and adjustments to its mechanism.

Source: Sipse

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