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Izmir Clock Tower
İzmir Saat Kulesi
Type Clock tower
Architectural style Ottoman architecture
Location Izmir, Turkey
Address Konak Square, Konak
Coordinates 38°25′8.04″N 27°07′43.32″E / 38.4189°N 27.1287°E / 38.4189; 27.1287Coordinates: 38°25′8.04″N 27°07′43.32″E / 38.4189°N 27.1287°E / 38.4189; 27.1287
Completed 1901
Height 25 m (82 ft)
Design team
Architect Raymond Charles Père
Reverse of the 500 lira banknote (1983-1989)

Izmir Clock Tower (Turkish: İzmir Saat Kulesi) is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square in Konak district of Izmir, Turkey. The clock tower was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II's (reigned 1876–1909) ascension to the throne.

The clock itself was a gift of German Emperor Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918). It is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman architecture. The tower, at a height of 25 m (82 ft), features four fountains, which are placed around the base in a circular pattern, and the columns are inspired by North African themes.

The clock tower was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 500 lira banknotes of 1983-1989.[1]

In the former Balkan provinces of the Ottoman Empire, particularly in present-day Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin towns such as Belgrade, Prijepolje, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Gradačac and Stara Varoš, similar Ottoman era clock towers are still named Sahat Kula (deriving from the Turkish words Saat Kulesi, meaning Clock Tower.)

See also


  1. ^ Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Banknote Museum: 7. Emission Group - Five Hundred Turkish Lira - I. Series & II. Series. – Retrieved on 20 April 2009.

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