THE YILDIZ PALACE CLOCK TOWER
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.