News ID: 302112
Published: 1010 GMT April 13, 2021

Tehran’s Shams-ol-Emareh Clock chimes again

Tehran’s Shams-ol-Emareh Clock chimes again

Iranica Desk

Shams-ol-Emareh Clock in Golestan Palace in Tehran started working again on Monday.

Organized by Municipality of Tehran, the historical clock, which had fallen silent for a long time, was repaired by Mohammad Sa’atchi and chimed again, IRNA wrote.

British Queen Victoria (1819-1901) presented the clock to Nassereddin Shah Qajar (1848-1896) in 1873.

Last time the clock was repaired was in 2012, and it revived the device from its long-time slumber. The British queen’s gift was mounted on top of Shams-ol-Emareh, one of the capital’s historical buildings on east side of Golestan Palace. The loud sound of the clock, however, annoyed the settlers in the palace at the time. Nassereddin Shah ordered to lessen its sound. In trying to reduce the noise, they damaged the clock. The clock remained silent for over a hundred years. This silence finally ended on November 12, 2012, after repairs were finished.

Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) is one of the capital’s historical buildings and a remnant of Qajar Dynasty.

The edifice was built in 1830. With 35 meters height and five floors, it was the tallest building in Tehran. It is notable for its decorations and design.

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