Clock Tower (Podgorica)

The Clock Tower (Montenegrin: Сат кула, romanizedSat kula; Turkish: Saat Kulesi) of Podgorica, Montenegro, is located at Bećir Beg Osmanagić square, in the Stara Varoš neighborhood (the old town). It is one of the very few Ottoman landmarks that survived the bombing of Podgorica in World War II.

Sahat kula
The Clock Tower in 2012
General information
Typeclock tower
LocationPodgorica, Montenegro
Coordinates42°26′08″N 19°15′36″E / 42.435557°N 19.260014°E / 42.435557; 19.260014
Height19 m (62 ft)
Detail of the clock tower

History edit

Sahat Kula was built in 1667, by Hadži-paša Osmanagić, a prominent citizen of Podgorica.[1] It is a freestanding 19 m (62 ft) tall stone clock tower.

Its current turret clock mechanism was made in 1890 by Pietro Colbachini foundry in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, after Podgorica was incorporated into Montenegro (original mechanism was made in Austria). Around the same time, a metal cross was installed at the top of the tower, symbolizing transfer of the city from the Ottomans into the hands of Christian Montenegrins. The cross was made by Stevan Radović, Lazar Radović's grandfather. [2]

Today, Sahat Kula is an important cultural monument of Montenegro, protected by law. The clock was renovated in January 2012, when a new electric mechanism was installed, as the old one was kept for historic significance.[3][4]

References edit

  1. ^ "Sahat kula u Podgorici | | Kultura, umjetnost i nasljeđe Crne Gore. Culture, Arts & Heritage of Montenegro". Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  2. ^ "Arhiva - Pobjeda Dnevni List". Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ "Mehanizam iz Francuske dao novi život starom satu - Vijesti online". Archived from the original on 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  4. ^ Stara Varoš – srce stare Podgorice Archived 2020-03-27 at the Wayback Machine, FOS Media

42°26′08″N 19°15′36″E / 42.435557°N 19.260014°E / 42.435557; 19.260014