Photographer's Note

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 Constitucin, 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 CHAPITEL would be resumed, considered as the auction or crown that adorns, enhances and embellishes the tower.

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La torre cvica es un complemento defensivo, amn de torre de comunicaciones y del reloj pblico, sea y emblema del poder municipal. Se levanta en La Plaza Mayor o de La Constitucin, 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 prismtico de sillares que inscriben un hexgono sobre una base tambin irregular, en la que se integraron las escaleras de tres escaos que dan acceso a la puerta situada al nor-deste, desprovista de cualquier elemento de adorno.

La torre esta formada por dos cuerpos ceidos por molduras horizontales que los separan, coincidiendo la ms elevada con la base de la azotea en cuyos ngulos se instalaron las grgolas, 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 granticas 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 pblico municipal entre ellos, en idntica orientacin que la puerta de acceso, y por el costado del nordeste se abre una puerta, provista de barandilla metlica y un arco tapiado sobre ella, que conduce al terrado.

Una vez que la torre estuvo terminada hasta la azotea, la municipalidad tuvo la intencin de instalar un armazn de hierro para el reloj, proyecto que habrade dilatarse en el tiempo por falta de presupuesto para su ejecucin. A principiosdel siglo XVII, se retomara la construccin del CHAPITEL, 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: 9179 W: 5 N: 16489] (73410)
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