The Clock Tower

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Apart from housing the clock, I was in the past, head office to the Municipality of Spongano, where public matters where discussed as shown in ancient registers.
My construction is dated to the 18th century, this date is engraved on one of the two pilasters, that overlook Carmine Street...

Apart from housing the clock, I was in the past, head office to the Municipality of Spongano, where public matters where discussed as shown in ancient registers.
My construction is dated to the 18th century, this date is engraved on one of the two pilasters, that overlook Carmine Street. The date is accompanied by the following inscription in Latin: AD DISCUTENDA NEGOTIA SEDILE HOC POPULUS SPONGANIENTIIS SYNDICO D.NO IOA.NE BACILE A FUNDAMENTIS CONSTRUXIT A.D. MDCCLVIII “TO DISCUSS THE AFFAIRS, THE PEOPLE OF SPONGANO, BEING THE MAYOR MR JOHN BASIN, BUILT THIS SEAT/BUILDING FROM ITS FOUNDATIONS.”
My use at that time is indicated here together with the will to construct me by the people of Spongano and the mayor Giovanni Bacile.
I am inserted in an angular view with two oblique sides placed between Carmine Street and Vittoria square, heart of the towns historical centre. The two pilasters leaning on a sculpted base, frame the clock and the coat of arms of the town of Spongano, which is now no longer readable in its making.
The entire building is made of Leccese stone and it’s overlooked by a bell tower, whose bells are now placed at the entrance of the municipality, and were once held up by two steeple trunks, enabling the sound to spread in all directions and to be heard by all the towns people.
Much lower beneath the clock, is a niche that houses the statue of a woman, probably Virgin Mary, standing on a crescent.

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