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The port clock
On the eastern breakwater of the Port of Tarragona an unusual clock was installed in 1922, designed by engineer Francisco García de Membrillera. This clock replaced the salvos played by a trumpeter to indicate the start and finish of the working day. Designed like a temple with classical lines, or like a small lighthouse or tower, the clock is very simple and its appearance gives no hint as to its actual purpose. Four Ionic columns support a square body containing the clock's sphere, above which is a mass supporting two bells and a wrought-iron weathercock. In the centre of the tower there is a staircase to get up to the clock and open its mechanisms.