Dolmabahçe Clock Tower

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Saat Kulesi) is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Its construction was ordered by Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (1842–1918) and designed by the court architect Sarkis Balyan between 1890 and 1895.

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower
Dolmabahçe Saat Kulesi
Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayı), Istanbul, Turkey (9606766892) (2).jpg
General information
TypeClock tower
Architectural styleOttoman Neo-baroque
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
AddressDolmabahçe Palace, Dolmabahçe Caddesi
Coordinates41°02′15.39″N 28°59′47.17″E / 41.0376083°N 28.9964361°E / 41.0376083; 28.9964361Coordinates: 41°02′15.39″N 28°59′47.17″E / 41.0376083°N 28.9964361°E / 41.0376083; 28.9964361
Construction started1890
Height27 m (89 ft)
Technical details
Floor count4
Floor area72.25 m2 (777.7 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSarkis Balyan

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). Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. Its face features highly stylised Eastern Arabic numerals. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. Two opposing sides of the tower bear the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.[1]

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  1. ^ Gezgör, Vahide (1987). "Dolmabahçe Saat Kulesi". Milli Saraylar Dergisi. İstanbul (1): 124.

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