To claim a glance from somebody

In a text published in 1825 there is the following line:
“There are 18 churches and two convents in this town, which, as well as the popular school and the tribunals, only claim a glance from the traveller.”

What is ‘to claim a glance from somebody’?
My guesses is
1) to claim gems (money) from somebody… something like that
2) to want/ask somebody to pay attention/to look at.
But I think these are both wrong.
I’m stuck in this. Help!


Two probable meanings come to mind regarding the following portion of the sentence: “only claim a glance from the traveller.” Both are dependent on where the emphasis is placed. If the emphasis were placed on glance, then the sentence may imply (as user3850720 has stated) that the buildings under consideration do not warrant any further exploration than a cursory glance. If, however, the emphasis were placed on traveller, then perhaps the sentence is suggesting that these buildings do not garner the attention they actually deserve from tourists. And since the school is described as “popular” I think that this latter implication is more likely; that although these buildings are appreciated by locals, they do not function as the tourist attractions that they might were they better known.

Essentially, these buildings are overlooked and underappreciated. They can only claim a glance, regardless if that is less than they deserve.

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