A cross section of Istanbul: ”THE YILDIZ PALACE CLOCK TOWER” from Besiktas


The Yildiz Palace Clock Tower is located at the north-western  corner of the Yıldız Mosque  courtyard. Erected in 1890, the tower, like Yıldız Mosque itself, is built in an eclectic style combining orientalist and neo-Gothic elements.

The tower consists of three storeys on a broken square plan, the broken corners of the square being defined by  elegant decorative colonnettes giving the broken character of the corners a certain linear quality. The floors are separated by muqarnas lintels proportional to the colonnettes, producing a visual and plastic effect.

Each facade on the ground floor has a niche in the form of a blind window with pointed arch and muqarnas lintels and a panel with inscription above the window.

On the second floor there is a lower  window in the form of a circular rose window with lobed frame surmounted by an upper window with three-lobed arch.

On the third floor this composition is reversed, with the rose window above  and an oriental ogee arch and lobed window below. A clock has been placed in the rose window on the northern face of the tower facing the palace.

The clock  tower is surmounted by a pointed,segmented dome. The fourth floor, in which the dome is placed, is divided into two by a muqarnas cornice. There are also windows with segmented arches in the roof section.


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