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The Bitola Clock Tower, Bitola

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One of the city's landmarks, The Bitola Clock Tower offers a panoramic view of the town and surrounding landscape. The present tower was likely built in the 1830s, although mention of a tower here goes back as far as 1664. Legend has it that the people of Bitola gathered 60,000 eggs, which were supposed to hold the massive stone blocks together like plaster. The spiral staircase leads to the top of the 33 m (108 ft) tower, which holds the clock mechanism. Look for a golden plaque inside the tower that tells the story of the mechanism. In 1936, Germans donated 15 bells as a token of gratitude to the people of Bitola for burying German soldiers killed in World War I. A modern keyboard mechanism playing Macedonian popular songs replaced the bells in 1970. Use our Bitola itinerary maker to visit The Bitola Clock Tower on your trip to Bitola, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Visited this place on the way to Greece. This is situated in the centre, and has a couple of mosques around. 
  • Bitola is very interesting, the ancient and beautiful clock tower, located on the square in the old town, behind the monument and close to the central mosque. Be sure to visit if you're close to.
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  • The clock tower (sahat kula it) is one of the symbols of the city. It can be seen from many places in the central part of Bitola. Since the night in this city one evening long walked around the tower. Coming here you will surely long on it.
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  • A great site to visit. A historical clock tower built in Ottoman time. Local myth has it that it was built by the Turks using some 60.000 eggs in the plaster. It has a clean park with benches around it, it's also in the centre of the town surrounded by the city's best landmarks.
  • Must see for everyone passing through/visiting Bitola
  • The Bitola Clock Tower The clock tower is located in a large square which includes a church and two mosques which shows the cultural diversity of this city. The Clock tower in Bitola is is the most recognizable monument, pride and emblem of the City. It is unknown when Bitola's clock tower was built. Written sources from the 16th century mention a clock tower, but it is not clear if it is the same one. Some believe it was built at the same time as St. Dimitrija Church, in 1830. Legend says that the Ottoman authorities collected around 60,000 eggs from nearby villages and mixed them in the mortar to make the walls stronger. The Bitola Clock Tower got its present appearance in the 19th century, and is 30 meters high. The tower has a rectangular base and is about 30 meters high. Near the top is a rectangular terrace with an iron fence. On each side of the fence is an iron console construction which holds the lamps for lighting the clock. The clock is on the highest of three levels. In 1927, the first clock mechanism was placed and some additional changes were made. The individuals in charge to ring the bells were replaced with sajzii which were in charge to take care of the clock and the clock mechanism. In 1936, 15 new bells, about 900 heavy ones, were placed and in 1962 the mechanism was renewed. In 1970 for the performance of music compositions, the piano was placed inside the tower. This Clock Tower is one of the 180 towers in the world which has built on this kind of mechanism. Every six hours one of six compositions is played: "Bitola Babam Bitola", "Biljana platno belese" and other beautiful songs.
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