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Next to the Cathedral on Plaza Caldas is an important landmark of the city, Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower), built between 1673 and 1682. The clock was designed by Francisco José de Caldas and the mechanism brought over from England. It was installed on the tower in 1737. The clock operated through two lead weights, which were replaced by Antonio Narińo in 1814, because he needed lead for making the bullets for the War of Independence.

As most of the important buildings in Popayan, Torre del Reloj was severely damaged in the 1983 earthquake. It was then completely restored. The clock stopped working and it was sent to London to repair. It was finally placed in la Nariz de Popayán (Nose of Popayán) as the poet Guillermo Valencia called it.

Address: Calle 5, between Carreras 6 and 7
Directions: Parque Caldas

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2009
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