After technical issues left the southern face of the Martini Tower clock broken late last year, now the western-facing clock has been displaying the wrong time (well, other than twice a day) for the past month.
Translation by Traci White
Jan Pestoor, the caretaker of the Martini Tower, told Dagblad van het Noorden that the other three clock faces are still running right on time. “A mechanic has to fix the hand, and that should be happening soon”, although Pestoor could not say exactly when that would be.
In November, the southern face of the clock began running late and then eventually stopped working altogether. Then, in December, a pigeon apparently struck the minute hand of the southern clock, and a specialist had to climb a section of the tower to fix it, but the repairs took a while due to poor weather conditions. The southern face of the clock is now back on time.
The Martini Tower and the Martini Church are both set to undergo significant changes in the near future. By the end of 2019, the historic main entrance to the Martinikerk will be open to the public once again, and a crowdfunding campaign by Marketing Groningen raised nearly 57,000 euros to create a small screening space inside the Martinitoren itself, as well as a pop-up restaurant 70 meters up the tower. The tower itself is also meant to be used as part of a fitness boot camp and to host intimate acoustic concerts. It is unclear when the marketing campaign changes will be implemented.