Six beautiful clock towers stand tall in Israel. Residents used to rely on these centrally placed towers to tell time, and today they serve as important landmarks and evidence of Israel’s interesting past. Our friends at Israel21c tell us more:
The Turkish Ottomans constructed more than 100 clock towers throughout the empire in honor of the 25th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1901. Six of them were built in what was then Palestine — in Jaffa, Acre (Akko), Jerusalem, Haifa, Safed (Tzfat) and Nablus (Shechem).
Acre (Akko) clock tower
Built above the Khan El-Umdan, an inn constructed in 1784, the four-story Acre clock tower had four clocks, each of which was replaced in 2001. One clock face features Hebrew letters, another Arabic numbers, a third Roman numerals and the fourth regular numbers.