As the village of churches and abbey, not only does Lana possess the largest and heaviest bell in South Tyrol, it also has a unique tower clock museum in the Heilig Kreuz Kirche Church near the German Order Convent.
The church itself was built in the first half of the 20th century, with the bell being donated by the local people. The large belfry with seven church bells dating from 1950 by carpenter, Alfons Platzer, is a rarity, as it had to be capable of bearing the weight of the heavy bell (6,248 kg, diameter 218 cm). The spire of the Heilig Kreuz Kirche Church, which can be seen from a distance, is not, however, known as the Onion by the people of Lana, but as the Apple.
The Museum Area
Today, the tower itself houses an extra-special technical museum - the tower clock museum, a unique gem for connoisseurs. The organization of the museum is chronological; the development of tower clocks from the sundial to the radio-controlled clock is revealed in the tower room. Showing great attention to detail, the brothers of the German Order in Lana collected odl tower clocks together and put them back in good working order. For example, it is possible still to see a mechanical clapper catch (Foch iron) on a striking clock bell from Sarentino. Guided tours are also available for visitors to gain and insight into the interesting history of the large clocks.
The history of the tower clock from the sundial to the radio-controlled clock can be seen in the tower room. The German Order monk, Gabriel Hochkofler, and the blacksmith, Oswald Schwazer from Lagundo, were able to collect together old tower clocks from Lana and, with great attention to detail, put them back in good working order.
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