Manara Clock Tower

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The clock tower, 2008

The Manara Clock Tower is a clock tower located in the middle of the central square (casbah) in the Old City of Nablus next to the An-Nasr Mosque in the Palestinian territories.[1]

Five stories high, it was erected in 1906 on the orders of the Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II to celebrate 30 years of his reign.[1][2] The tower is similar to those also built by Sultan Abdul Hamid in Tripoli and Haifa.[1] The Manara Clock Tower has an ode to the sultan in elaborate Arabic calligraphy.[3]

The Manara Clock Tower is currently the symbol of the Municipality of Nablus, established as such after the Palestinian organization Hamas won the local elections in that city.[4] It is also referred to as the al-Manura clock tower.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Semplici, Andrea and Boccia, Mario. - Nablus, At the Foot of the Holy Mountain Med Cooperation, p.17.
  2. ^ Seven clock towers were built in the Land of Israel L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art - Jerusalem.
  3. ^ La Guardia, 2002, p.315.
  4. ^ Barnard, Anne. Hamas campaign throws politics into confusion, Palestinians and Israelis unsure if it is moderating Globe Newspaper Company.17 January 2006.
  5. ^ Guide, Nablush. "Nablus Today". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 


  • La Guardia, Anton (2002), War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land, Macmillan, ISBN 0-312-27669-9 

Coordinates: 32°13′08″N 35°15′41″E / 32.218887°N 35.261409°E / 32.218887; 35.261409