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Carrol Chimes Bell Tower

  • 605 Philadelphia Street
    Covington, KY 41011
  • (859) 491-0458
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This 100-foot German Gothic clock tower chimes and mechanical figures move onto a balcony to act out the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The local Main Street or "Mainstrasse" has a long history as a German neighborhood. In the 1970s, Mainstrasse was designated a National Register Historic District and local businessmen proposed building on the community's heritage to create a tourist attraction reminiscent of small villages in Germany. Many German villages have a glockenspiel, a clock tower with animated figures, in the town park, so it was decided that there should be a glockenspiel in Mainstrasse as well. Named for then governor Julian Carroll, the tower was completed in 1979, adding to the Old World charm of the neighborhood.