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Hamidiye Clock Tower

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Downtown, Beirut district

Located near the Grand Serail, The Hamidiye Clock Tower is in downtown Beirut, within Beirut Central District. In 1897, this clock tower was built to celebrate the anniversary of Sultan Abdul Hamid II's coronation and to make up for the absence of a public clock indicating mandatory Muslim prayer times. This clock which stands 25 meters tall was the tallest structure in Beirut at the time of its completion. The clock tower houses a huge bell weighing 300 kgs on its third floor. Its four large clock faces were imported by the Ottoman embassy from France. It was restored in 1994.