Kulla e Sahatit (Clock Tower) is the city symbol of Tirana. As one of the oldest buildings in the city, the Clock Tower represents an important touristic attraction at the heart of the Skanderbeg Square.
Kulla e Sahatit was built in 1822 by Haxhi Et`hem Bey, as a bell tower. The original Venetian bell used to ring the time every hour. In 1928 the tower was extended to 35 meters, with a German hand-made clock.
Unfortunately, the German clock was destroyed by bombardments during World War II. What you see today is a Chinese clock, that replaced a Roman numeral clock brought from a church in Shkoder in 1946. Until 1970 Kulla e Sahatit was the tallest building in the capital.
Initially this was a bell tower – the clock being added in 1928. there was a bell to bring out the Venice which fell every hour.Dome located at the top gives it an architectural style San Marco.
In the immediate vicinity of the Kulla e Sahatit (Clock Tower) you will find a Clocks’ Museum featuring clock towers from around Albania. Access in the Clock Tower is free.
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