Saat Kulesi - The Clock Tower, Antalya
Probably the best place to start your tour of the Kaleici - old Antalya. Located right at the center, near the Yivli Minaret and beside the Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Mosque, the clock tower is the only tower left out of the 80 towers making up the ancient walls surrounding the city of Antalya.
As you enter the old city, you will notice the clock tower. The clock tower formed part of the ancient walls that protected the ancient city of Antalya. The stone walls has ancient inscriptions. They were well protected until the end of the 19th century
Hidirlik Kulesi the Old Stone Tower is an ancient fortress. Located in east of Kaleci in Antalya Karaalioglu Park.
The tower is overlooking the Gulf of Antalya and the historical Roman harbour.
The surrounding gardens are beautifully maintained with shrubs trimmed to Bonsai forms, giving the impression of a Japanese garden in the tropics. Nearby there are three modern statues standing. see photos
Antalya of course is very touristic and even the old city is crowded with people.
But that doesn't mean that the old city doesn't have its charmin spots.
Like the combination of a refreshing fountain, and old clock tower and a mosqua
The ancient city of Antalya was protected by two walls, in the shape of a horseshoe, one enclosing it along the shore and the other inland. In addition, there were walls within the city separating the various settlements, and a great number of towers. the walls were built from many stone blocks with ancient inscriptions. They were well protected until the end of the 19th century.
If you walk down the Uzun çarsi Sokak, the street next to Saat Kulesi. On the left hand side is the Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Camii, built by the Beylerbey (Governor of Governors) Tekeli Mehmet Pasa.
The building was repaired extensively in 1886 and 1926. Note the beautiful Arabic inscriptions in the coloured tiles above the doors and windows.
Antalya is an old city founded by Attalus II of Pergamum in 1st Century BC, the city was named Attaleia after its founder.
In the old part of the city, you can still see the historical old buildings and structures which once stood for Antalya's pride and beauty.
Saat Kulesi or The Clock Tower is also one of those monuments which are the symbol of Antalya's gloring past.
A remarkable old building in the photo is The Clock Tower. It is located at the edge of the big square with a statue of "the father of modern Turkey" - AtaTurk.