Clock Tower Dolmabahce, Istanbul

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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.


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.
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  • The Dolmbahce Clock Tower is beautifully ornate. Suitably artistic quality to be situated right near the Palace!  more »
  • Clock Tower Dolmabahce is located just before entrance Dolmabahce palace.it is very beautiful especially at night under bright night lights.worth to visit for some minutes.  more »
  • This clock tower is located just at the entrance of Dolmabahçe Palace, its construction took 5 years and was functional as of 1895. Its architect is also the architect of the adjacent Palace and the.....  more »
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  • Unforgettable visit for those who are interested in the Ottoman era. I found the entry quite expensive but I did not regret it
  • Stood in a queue for like 5 minutes to hear “only cash” at the counter, whatever. It’s ridiculous to pay 60 TL to walk around the palace anyway, in any civilized city you are only charged for the entrance to the interior
  • Cool historical place. Clean place and people are mostly friendly. Would recommend.
  • I like ight to view this... Is more spectacular
  • This was the best and most beautiful place we visited in istanbul! The palace is ridiculously opulent and outstanding inside, while it also offers you great sea views from outside the palace. I would recommend this one thousand times more over the Topkapi palace.
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