Sunday, November 14, 2010


Dolmabahçe - Istanbul - Turkey

Dolmabahe Clock Tower / Istanbul


Dolmabahçe Clock Tower is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. The Dolmabahçe Clock Tower was built by Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II (1842-1918) between the years 1890-1895 and can be seen at the entryway to the Dolmabahçe Palace. It was designed by the palace architect Sarkis Balyan in the Neo-baroque and Ottoman styles.

The clock tower was added to Dolmabahçe Palace, and stands in front of its Treasury Gate on a square along the European waterfront of Bosphorus next to Dolmabahçe Mosque. Designed in Ottoman neo-baroque style, the four-sided, four-story tower stands on a floor area of 8.5 × 8.5 m (28 × 28 ft) at a height of 27 m (89 ft), floor area 72.25 m2 (777.7 sq ft).

Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. On two opposite sides of the tower, the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II is put on.

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Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
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