For a few days, the municipal council will be another place to visit in town. Marino Aguilera was the Mayor and Councilor for Heritage. All residents of Alcala have the chance to learn more about the Alcala la Real Town Hall. Guided tours will be offered. They will include the staircase and mural, anteroom and plenary Hall; town hall balcony; mayor’s office, and the machinery and clock with its tower. Open days will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the following three weeks: August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, and 27, or Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week thereafter. Visits will take place in half-hour shifts and groups of no more than five people.
Marino Aguilera noted that among the places they will be able visit is Fernando de Tapias clock. This clock is one of the most distinctive pieces in the consistory, and it was recently restored. Aguilera stated that they wanted to preserve Fernando de Tapia's original mechanism, including the stones and pulleys. Gravity makes all the gears move through gravity.
Since the clock was in "dire" condition, the Heritage area has allocated EUR21,000 to refurbish it. Mayor of the municipality and the mayor of the locality revealed that the clock had "erratic movements", was in poor alignment, and was at risk of breaking.
Cleaning the bells of a clock has also been completed. This has improved their sound quality. During the explanation, the mayor stated that there was dirt, decay and a muffled tone to the bells.
The Territorial Delegation for Development, Infrastructure, Territorial Planning, Culture and Historical Heritage granted authorization to the City Council on July 24 to replace the wooden beams in the clock tower with iron beams.
A methacrylate exterior has been added to the clock's case, as the glass was at risk of breaking. The clock's hands have been strengthened and the entire exterior set protected with waterproofing paint.
A chronos system was installed to correct Fernando Tapia’s original mechanism. "From now on, the clock will never go out of adjustment. There is an electronic mechanism connected with the central time in Germany," explained Aguilera.
You can also visit the Pepe Sanchez mural next to the staircase. It was recently restored by the artist himself. After admiring this piece of art, visitors can visit the antechamber, the plenary hall and the balcony at the town hall.
You must make an appointment by calling 953-10 28 68, or going to the Abacial Palace to arrange for this visit.