The Campanile
The Campanile
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Proudly standing since 1923, the 52m high Campanile of Port Elizabeth is a true landmark. From a distance it looks a bit like the Campanile in Venice. You can climb the 204 stairs to the top. A wonderful view over the harbour will be your reward. On the way up there are different exhibits among them the bells, but also poster drawings made by children.

Free entry, but the lift does not work.
Written December 22, 2021
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Giesen1943
Port Elizabeth, South Africa53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Six of us 'seniors' engaged tour leader Tony Neveling to lead us. We really enjoyed what he shared of the history and his explanation of the beautifully sculptured plates making up the frieze outside the Campanile. We were able to either climb to each floor (step 67 has an icon of Tata Madiba) or go by lift - stopping at each floor for more interesting information. The highlight was being at the top when the clock struck 11h00 and hearing the big bell strike the time. At the time of visiting entrance was free we only paid Tony.
Written June 22, 2018
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Mike_G6308
Cape Town, South Africa473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
The Campanile in Port Elizabeth has been recently renovated and has now a lift built in it . It is very interesting place to visit.
Written December 4, 2019
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nickytravels
East London, South Africa488 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We managed to drive past a few times, the “way in” remarks hidden.
Google Maps had the entrance on the wrong side of a one way road.
If you’re going to try to view the tower, find the route from someone who knows!
Written March 24, 2018
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heathermL8598IP
Port Elizabeth, South Africa25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
PE tourism/municipality need to improve on their tourism places of interest to encourage tourists.This lift never works.
Written March 4, 2019
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WiggedyWotsit
Glasgow, UK49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
A great place to visit in the history of PE. However, the views from the top are somewhat disappointing as there are just dirty un-openable perspex windows.
Written January 30, 2019
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kevT4232UK
Melbourne Beach, FL94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
This large beautiful building has been a central focus of Port Elizabeth for decades. Somewhat over shadowed by ugly freeways, it is still worth making the effort to visit. Commemorating the arrival of the 1820 settlers the post 1994 government seems to believe that Nelson Mandela was involved in just about everything in PE, when Mr Mandela had little association with this city. Information and the history of the campanile has been somewhat distorted by politics, but this is a feature of Port Elizabeth that should not be missed--parking and safety can be an issue.
Written May 17, 2018
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