The clock, imported from Holland around 1920, stopped working about 15 years ago but the Archdiocese of Tijuana did not have the money to fix it. Funds for the repairs were raised by the non-profit group Cultura Sin Fronteras (Culture Without Borders), which had it sent to Puebla in Mexico’s interior, where it was restored and then returned to Tijuana.
The clock was actually repositioned in the bell tower straddling the cathedral on Friday, July 20, when state officials joined Tijuana Archbishop Rafael Romo to unveil a plaque naming the cathedral as Baja California’s first formal historic monument.
It began ringing again on Sunday at the cathedral’s noon Mass, which is traditionally celebrated by the archbishop.
The bell now chimes the Himno Guadalupano in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe every hour on the hour.