Karachi Clock Tower
Clock Towers of The World
This program informs the listners about architectural, cultural and geographical background of Clock Towers around the world.
Beautifully Carved. Elegantly Designed. Adorned with Mysterious Motifs. Merewether Tower is a well-known landmark. Or rather, a very well-heard one. Thousands pass by the intersection between MA Jinnah and II Chundrigar road where it stands proudly reminding us of Karachi’s glorious past. The Tower stands on a base of 44 feet square and rises to a height of 102 feet.
It was commissioned as a memorial for Sir William L. Mere wether, who served as Commissioner of Sindh from 1867 to 1877. Few contest that it was built to honor Freemasons present in Karachi at that time. It was designed by a Municipality Engineer James Strachan and the foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Bombay, Sir James Fergusson in 1884. After eight years of construction, it was opened for public in 1892. The Memorial Tower stands on a platform 44 feet square and rises to a height of 102 feet. The clocks are 70 feet from the ground where each of the clock’s four faces is seven feet in diameter. The larger bell at the top announced hour mark while the smaller bells range at each quarter.
At the time of completion, the total cost of the project came out to be Rs 37,178.
Research and Narrator: Farrukh Qaseem
Producer: Israr Ahmad Kulachi
Its a Production of External Services Islamabad.