As one of the first buildings to be constructed in Portmeirion (built 1928; listed Grade II 1971), the Campanile's purpose was, according to Sir Clough, to "open his performance with a dramatic gesture of somesort". The Campanile elegantly rises eighty feet above the Village and is clearly visible from across the estuary.
Although not one of the "major attractions" of the series, the Campanile appears in several episodes. Upon awakening in the Village for the first time in Arrival, the Prisoner immediately ascends the tower to get a clearer view of his surroundings. This scene was filmed on location and having climbed the Campanile myself, I can vouch as to how little room there is inside. The thought of an actor, cameraman and a 1960's film camera crowding one floor is not one that I wish to dwell upon!
My model's small footprint allows easy integration into any town layout and its height makes it an instant focal point.
Each floor is one stud smaller than the previous, meaning a half-stud offset all round. The top of each floor is tiled and the next one simply sits in place. Bricks protrude from the base of each floor which hold it in place. This arrangement allows the model to be easily and efficiently packed for storage and transport.
|The base section.of the campanile showing the staircase allowing minifig access between the second and third floors. This staircase will join to Government House, when it's completed.|
The fourth floor contains a moving bell (a sand green 2 × 2 × 2 cone). The bell is suspended from the fifth floor with the help of a little Technic.
|The roof of the campanile. Many of the LEGO "Harry Potter" sets use the tan and sand green colour scheme, so my model is sometimes mistaken for a tower from that theme. I have also attempted to make a weather vane.|
The Campanile seen from below.
|The model on location. This photograph shows an earlier model with the upper floors rendered in yellow and white as opposed to tan. My eventual plan is to rebuild the base section in brown.|
- Moving Bell
- Dismantles for easy transport
- Integrates well with any town buildings
Please read the Building Notes for further explanation.
|Size:||10 studs × 10 studs × 57 bricks
80mm × 80mm × 560mm