Photo of dancers in red tops and yellow pants hanging off the top of the Campanile.
Bandaloop dazzled the crowd with its aerial dance on the Campanile facade. Photo: Nancy Rubin

Gallery: Happy Birthday, Campanile!

As the 20th century began, University of California benefactress Jane K. Sather had a vision — a bell tower that would serve as a centerpiece for Berkeley’s growing campus. In 1911, she cemented that vision with a large gift and a request that work proceed on Sather Tower. It was completed in 1915.

The Campanile, as it is commonly called, celebrated its centennial this past year, culminating with a site-specific performance by vertical dance pioneers Bandaloop. More than a beautiful monument, the Campanile is a trusty landmark, music box, guardian, and familiar friend. Most of all, it is a symbol of Berkeley’s enduring contributions to the world. Visit for sound clips, an historic timeline, and the opportunity to share your Campanile story.

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