Thursday, May 4, 2017


Tophane, Beyoğlu - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'39.5"N 28°58'59.8"E / 41.027637, 28.983275

Nusretiye Clock Tower / Tophane - Beyoglu photo nusretiye_clock102.jpg


Nusretiye Clock Tower is first clock tower of İstanbul. Nusretiye Clock Tower located in Tophane on Meclisi Mebusan Street in Tophane, a neighborhood in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul next to the Nusretiye Mosque and Tophane Kiosk at the European waterfront of Bosphorus. The old clock tower is located in the garden of the Istanbul Modern museum in the city’s Tophane district.

It was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I (1823-1861), and constructed by the renowned architect Garabet Amira Balyan in 1848. The clock tower was possibly made during the construction of the Nusretiye Mosque.

Designed in neo-classical style, the four-sided, three-story clock tower is 15 m (49 feet) high. A tughra of Sultan Abdülmecid I is put on above the entrance. The original clock and the clock face are in a state of disrepair.

The clock tower along with Nusretiye Mosque and the Tophane Kiosk survived urban renewal and highway construction program mid 1950s. However, it remained within the customs warehouse area of Istanbul Port, cut off from the public access today.

Designed in the neo-classical style, the four-sided, three-story Zenith-made clock tower is 15 meters high and above the entrance the monogram of Sultan Abdülmecid can be see non above the entrance.

There were clocks on four sides of the tower in the past, but they don’t exist now; only their dials remain. The clocks might have been stolen at some point. Having now fallen into a state of disrepair the original clock and clock face have not survived, and are still awaiting replacements.

The Nusretiye Clock Tower, the oldest surviving structure of its kind in Istanbul, will be restored with support from the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.


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