Liberty University broke ground Monday on its Freedom Tower, set to be the tallest building in Lynchburg.

The tower will be 275 feet tall, the school clarified. The new School of Divinity will be housed in the tower and its base.

The university plans to include its replica of the Liberty Bell. That replica was cast to celebrate the country’s bicentennial in 1976 when the school renamed itself “Liberty Baptist College” from “Lynchburg Baptist College.” It will be placed among a 25 bell assembly at the top of the tower, according to the school.

“In the future, when you think about Liberty’s campus, this tower will be what everybody thinks about,” President Jerry Falwell said.

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