Manara Clock Tower
The Manara Clock Tower is a clock tower
A clock tower is a tower specifically built with one or more clock faces. Clock towers can be either freestanding or part of a church or municipal building such as a town hall. Some clock towers are not true clock towers having had their clock faces added to an already existing building...
located in the middle of the central square (casbah) in the Old City of Nablus
Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...
next to the Nasr Mosque in the Palestinian territories
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Five stories high, it was erected in 1906 on the orders of the Ottoman
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sultan Abdul Hamid II
Abdul Hamid II
His Imperial Majesty, The Sultan Abdülhamid II, Emperor of the Ottomans, Caliph of the Faithful was the 34th sultan of the Ottoman Empire...
to celebrate thirty years of his reign. The tower is similar to those also built by Sultan Abdul Hamid in Tripoli
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Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 268,000. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city including the cities of the Krayot, as well as, Tirat Carmel, Daliyat al-Karmel and Nesher...
. The Manara Clock Tower has an ode to the sultan in elaborate Arabic calligraphy.
The Manara Clock Tower is currently the symbol of the Municipality of Nablus, established as such after the Palestinian
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won the local elections in that city.