The Bitola Clock Tower
The Bitola Clock Tower
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Film G
New England1,044 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Couples
A German firm supplied the clock mechanism and tower back in the early 1800s. When it wore out in the mid 1900s the city contacted the German firm, but it was out of business. They managed to find the family who had owned it, and they agreed to repair/renovate the clock and tower for free if the city would clean up the German military graves from the two World Wars. They agreed. And the clock runs fine.
Written August 15, 2021
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IgorMarkovic
Smederevo, Serbia1,806 contributions
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Feb 2021
Bitola's Clocktower is considered to be one of the most recognizable landmarks not only in regards to Bitola, but for Macedonia as well. Locally known as Sahat kula, it was built by Ottomans in 1634, and rebuilt in 1830s. Since then it has becoe one of the symbols of the Macedonian capital of consuls, as Bitola is known for even nowadays. Although at first glance it might appeal to you as a simple building without any content, but actually has one of the most complicated and unusual clock mechanisms, which could rarely be found in the world. All in all, if you're in Bitola, do visit this place, it is quite an interesting spot.
Written March 7, 2021
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Mihajlo S
Bitola, Bitola, Macedonia1 contribution
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Mar 2013 • Friends
A lot of people don't know that the mechanism was a gift from Adolf Hitler in 1934. Because the citizens of Bitola built the German cemetery (casualties from WWI), Adolf Hitler gave the Munich clock tower mechanism to be used in Bitola. The same company that built the mechanism is now maintaining the clock's mechanism. There is a golden plate where this story is inscribed (inside the clock tower).
Written March 13, 2013
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Toshe_NIK
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia65 contributions
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Jul 2012 • Friends
The Bitola Clock Tower is the most recognizable monument, pride and emblem of the City.
According to the legends, even though the existence of the Clock Tower was mentioned before in the 1664 (17th century), present Clock Tower was built in the 1830’s, in the same period when nearby, the Orthodox Church of St. Demetrious was built.
The Bitola Clock Tower got its present appearance in the 19th century, and is 30 meters high. The entrance into the Clock Tower is on the north side of the tower, and it is encircled by big marble blocks.
In 1927, the first clock mechanism was placed and some additional changes were made. The individuals in charge to ring the bells were replaced with sajzii which were in charge to take care of the clock and the clock mechanism. In 1936, 15 new bells, about 900 heavy ones, were placed and in 1962 the mechanism was renewed.
In 1970 for the performance of music compositions, the piano was placed inside the tower. This Clock Tower is one of the 180 towers in the world which has built on this kind of mechanism. Every six hours one of six compositions is played: "Bitola Babam Bitola", "Biljana platno belese" and other beautiful songs.
Written August 23, 2012
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Elena06
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012
You would not miss it as it is Bitola's brand monument. You must read about this monument as it hides a very very interesting story how is built and how is maintained. It plays songs as well!
Written June 21, 2012
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NLgirl06🇲🇰
Europe5,542 contributions
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Nov 2010
The Clock tower in Bitola is unofficial emblem of the City. The tower is situated in the top of Shirok Sokak near the river Dragor. Whe it was build it was in the middle of the "Dembel" chrshija, opposite the Issak Mosque.
The Clock tower was build by one of the the Valya (mayor) of the City,to display his wealth.
Story goes that when the building works were going on, the tower was crumbling every night. The masons will build all day, and overnight everything will rumble, the Valya being very superstitious man, consulted old wise woman, who told him to mix 56.000 eggs of white hens in the mortar so the tower won't crumble.
And the Valya done just that. It said that after thy mixed the eggs in the mortar the tower grew over night and still stands today. The year of the build is not known, but is thought that is build in the mid 1600s...
The clock mehanisam which stands today was bought in Marselles by the Monastirli Jewis community of the City in the early XVIII century, and than the Gremans replaced in the mid XIX century as gratitude to the City.
The Clock tower was spiffed in 1882 by the Greman piano maker & owners of the Saloniki-Bitola railroad, as thank you for flourishing piano buissnes in the City.
Written January 16, 2011
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susanepopovski
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Family
My daughter and I have been in Bitola for a few weeks now and can say it is a very nice place to come for a holiday.
We booked an apartment for the month and made it our base and travelled through Europe at the same time.
In Bitola everything is within walking distance and we have had no trouble what so ever

Great part of the world to visit
Written June 23, 2019
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anatolianpride
Adana, Türkiye63 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
The Clock Tower of Bitola, known as Saat Kula is one of the landmarks of Bitola. Clock tower has been built in 16th century by Turks. This 33mt-high clock tower located in the center of the city (Sirok Sokak). In recent years Macedonian government erected a cross on the top of this nonreligious clock tower irrelatively. So its not appropriate to the original and damages maintain Clock tower's characteristics.
Written July 26, 2013
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,549 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Couples
At thirty-one metres tall, this was once the tallest structure in Bitola. It still towers over most structures in the old part of town. It is an attractive building but because it is not open to tourists, you can only admire it from outside. It is merely worth a quick peep.
Written April 6, 2017
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Ljbt
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The city clock tower is the emblem of Bitola. The building was built by the Otomans during 1830's. It has various clock mechanisms during the history. Currently, the mecahnism is a gift from Germany in gratitude for the ceded place for burial of the german soldiers killed in the World War I. The mechanism is refubrished in 1962, 1970 and 2009. It plays the song for Bitola (Bitola moj roden kraj) which is composed by Ajri Demirovski (a Turk that was born in Bitola and worked in the local radio).
Written November 24, 2016
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