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MBDA clarifies Campanile public visiting hours

Aug 21, 2017
MBDA clarifies Campanile public visiting hours

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on Monday apologised "unreservedly for the inconvenience caused to our locals", who came to view the renovated Campanile in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

"The miscommunication happened due to an error on our website and for that we sorry. The Campanile is open for tours to all members of the public and visitors between Monday and Friday from 9am to 4pm, Saturdays from 9pm to 3pm," explained MBDA Spokesperson, Luvuyo Bangazi.

Innovative new features at the Campanile

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.

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.

BOOKINGS

According to Bangazi, tours can contact Route 67 Tour Guide, Tony Neveling, on cell +27 (0) 82 464 6022 for bookings or book online via http://route67tours.co.za/index.html or visit the Campanile for reservations.