Clock Tower (Podgorica)

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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 19 m (62 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Hadži-paša Osmanagić

The Clock Tower (Montenegrin: Sahat kula, Сат кула, Turkish: Saat Kulesi) of Podgorica, Montenegro is located at Bećir Beg Osmanagić square, in the Stara Varoš neighborhood. It is 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 Hadži-paša Osmanagić, a prominent citizen of Podgorica.[1] It is a freestanding 19m tall stone clock tower. Its current turret clock mechanism was made in 1890 by Pietro Colbachini foundry in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, after Podgorica was incorporated into Montenegro (original mechanism was made in Austria). Around the same time, a metal cross was installed at the top of the tower, symbolizing transfer of the city from the Ottomans into the hands of Christian Montenegrins. 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 new electric mechanism was installed, as old one is kept for historic significance only. [3]

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