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Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is all that remains of the Romanesque church of San Esteban, founded in 1086 to commemorate Castile’s victory over Ali, the Almoravid. The tower is a 13th century Gothic construction although the clock was set in the 19th century. It was declared a Heritage of Cultural Interest in 1981.

The Clock Tower is one of Peñafiel’s landmarks, and is the town’s oldest construction.

The building’s unique features allowed it to perform a double role. On the one hand, it acted as a defensive tool, and on the other it was used as a bell tower to call the faithful from the San Esteban neighbourhood, one of Peñafiel’s first districts.

The Church of San Esteban was one of the first religious complexes in Peñafiel and one of the most important churches in the region until the 15th and 16th centuries. Nevertheless, that splendour wore off and the temple was left to ruin in the mid-17th century, when it was dismantled. All that remains of its historical-artistic legacy are pieces of stone walls fixed to the tower, several buttresses, a collection of ruins from construction works, and a Romanesque stone virgin, which is currently on show in Peñafiel’s Regional Sacred Art Museum.

Since this construction is all that remains of the Church of San Esteban, the watchtower changed ownership and became municipal property, although several religious symbols remain, such as the iron cross that crowns it.

The building has only been known as the Clock Tower for a short time, since the Peñafiel Town Council installed the clock in the tower in the 19th century, when its name changed to the Peñafiel Clock Tower.

Exterior visit.

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