The Century Tower is UF’s Big Ben. The 157-foot-tall tower was completed in 1953, an alumni’s idea to construct a memorial to honor students who were killed in World War I and World War II: “Century Tower, located in the heart of the University of Florida campus, houses a cast-bell carillon. There are fewer than 200 carillons in all of North America, and only four in the state of Florida. By definition, a carillon must have at least 23 fixed, finely tuned bells. The Century Tower Carillon has 61 bells, encompassing a range of 5 octaves, and is among the largest university carillons in North America” (legacy.arts.ufl.edu). The bells act as a clock all day for staff and students on campus, ringing every 15 minutes. They often play popular songs, and it’s also a place where various music groups will hold mini free concerts. The Century Tower looks beautiful during any time of the day. I love when the century tower is snapped from up-close or far away. Try taking a picture with the tower in the middle of the screen and then one off-centered. The tower can look very different depending on your combination of time, angle and proximity to the tower. But she looks good from every angle. Using a filter that brings out the sky will give the tower a “wow” factor. I think it’s safe to say, The Century Tower is every student’s “WCW.” You’re not a gator for life, you’re a #gatorforcenturies.
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