Clock Tower of Tirana

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Clock Tower of Tirana
Kulla e Sahatit
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Clock tower of Tirana
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Location in Albania
General information
Type Tower
Address Rruga 28 Nentori
Town or city Tirana
Country Albania
Coordinates 41°19′40″N 19°49′11″E / 41.327798°N 19.819783°E / 41.327798; 19.819783
Completed 1822
Renovated 26 August 2009[1]
Owner Municipality of Tirana

The Clock Tower of Tirana (Albanian: Kulla e Sahatit), was built in Tirana, Albania in 1822 by Haxhi Et'hem Bey, who also finished the building of the Et'hem Bey Mosque.[2] The stairs have 90 steps that go in a spiral fashion. It is 35 metres (115 ft) tall and was the tallest building in Tirana at the time.

History[edit]

The clock tower originally had a bell from Venice that marked the time every hour. In 1928 the Municipality of Tirana purchased a new clock in Germany to replace the existing one.[2] The clock was destroyed by bombardments during World War II and was replaced in 1946 with a Roman numeral clock from a church in Shkoder, Albania.[2] In 1970 the Roman numeral clock was replaced by a Chinese clock. The tower underwent renovation in 1981 and also in 1999. Access to the top of the tower has been available free of charge since 1996.[2]

A new restoration is ongoing by The Municipality of Tirana in 2010 for tourists.[2]

Location in Tirana

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