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World's Most Beautiful Clock Towers

Izmir Clock Tower, Turkey

This 82-foot-tall tower in Izmir, Turkey’s third most populous city, made an appearance on the Turkish 500 lira banknote from 1983 to 1989. It was among several landmarks erected in the early 1900s to honor 25 years of rule by Sultan Abdulhamid II; Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany gifted him this particular clock face as a gesture of good will and alliance. You’ll find similar Moorish-style clock towers in Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro, which were all once upon a time provinces of the Ottoman Empire.

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