The Et'hem Bey Mosque is located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana.
Construction of the mosque (and clock tower) was started in 1789 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1823 by his son Haxhi Ethem Bey, great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha.
The stairs of the clock tower have 90 steps that go in a spiral fashion. It is 35 metres (115 ft) tall and was the tallest building in Tirana at the time.
The clock tower originally had a bell from Venice that marked the time every hour. In 1928 the Municipality of Tirana purchased a new clock in Germany to replace the existing one. The clock was destroyed by bombardments during World War II and was replaced in 1946 with a Roman numeral clock from a church in Shkoder, Albania. In 1970 the Roman numeral clock was replaced by a Chinese clock.
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williewhistler (14697) 2014-03-23 4:53
I`m not totally convinced by the colours of your PP work but admire the subject and the composition with the trees giving a nice depth as they lead my eye toward the Mosque and Bell tower.
The newer block of flats complete with TV receivers is in complete contrast to the more attractive traditional architecture.
The clarity is immaculate throughout the frame.
Best regards Les.
jhm (140619) 2014-03-23 4:53
Almost not to believe, two totally different religies beside each other, but in one harmony.
You choose a very well angle with a lot green in foreground.
Colours and presentation make these picture atractive
Nice panorama view too.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice Sunday,
chrislo (4155) 2014-03-23 5:03
Very well composed shot with an interesting juxtaposition of different architectural styles. I like the way you have used the rows of trees to lead the eye into the picture and give a sense of perspective. The perfect light management and brilliant colours that make this a very attractive image.
holmertz (42267) 2014-03-23 11:15
This is a fine composition with pleasant colours and nice light. You have really squeezed the different styles of architecture tightly together in an attractive way. It's very interesting to see the new face of Skėnderbej Square. On my latest visit in 2011 it was closed off and a lot of work going on. I got the impression they would turn it into a park, but I hadn't seen any picture of it until now. It's really a total make-over from its old grim look.
PS Thank you for adding me to your favourites. I am honored.
daddo (24555) 2015-01-30 14:19
Well, the history of the Sahat Kula is a history of Albania, the only thing missing is the reference to Russia.Very nice composition and colours. Regards. Klaudio.