Dolmabahçe Clock Tower is the clock tower located between Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque and Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. It was built between 1890 and 1895 by Abdulhamid II in neo-baroque and Empire style. The tower, which is 27 meters high and has 4 floors and 94 steps. The floors of the staircase landings were made with colorful stones and geometric shapes.

The building measuring 8.50 x 8.50 m with tower columns sits on a marble platform measuring 12 x 12 m. There are six-step stairs on each side of the tower and a two-story fountain at the corners.The clock tower was added to Dolmabahçe Palace, and stands in front of its Treasury Gate on a square along the European waterfront of Bosphorus next to Dolmabahçe Mosque.

Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. Its face features highly stylised Eastern Arabic numerals. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. Two opposing sides of the tower bear the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.

Address: Vişnezade, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. 38 A, 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye

Architect: Sarkis Balyan

Construction started: 1890

Opened: 1895

Height: 27 m

Working hours:

Wednesday 9 AM–5:30 PM
Thursday 9 AM–5:30 PM
Friday 9 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday 9 AM–5:30 PM
Sunday 9 AM–5:30 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9 AM–5:30 PM

Phone: +90 212 236 90 00

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