Clock Tower (Podgorica)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sahat kula
Sahat Kula PG.JPG
The Clock Tower in 2012
General information
Type clock tower
Location Podgorica, Montenegro
Coordinates 42°26′08″N 19°15′36″E / 42.435557°N 19.260014°E / 42.435557; 19.260014
Completed 1667
Height 16 m (52 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Adži-paša Osmanagić

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

Detail of the clock tower

History[edit]

Sahat Kula was built in 1667, by Adži-paša Osmanagić, a prominent citizen of Podgorica.[1] According to the legend, the clock was brought from Italy. For a long time, it was the only public clock in the city. Around 1890, a metal cross was placed at the top of the tower. 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 the old mechanism was replaced by a new digital one. [3]

References[edit]

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