Restoration of the Macedonian Tower continues

Restoration of the Macedonian Tower continues

The second stage of the restoration of the Macedonian Tower (Macedonia Tower) in Edirne continues.

Edirne Governor Yunus Sezer inspected the ongoing works under the control of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Edirne Directorate of Relief and Monuments and received information about the works and procedures.

Speaking to the officials and workers about the ongoing works inside and on the terrace of the tower, Sezer gave instructions to accelerate the landscaping of the city walls and to complete the project in a short time.

Governor Sezer also inspected the Macedonian Tower Excavation-Hadrianopolis Walls Environment and Ruins Arrangement area of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums.

Sezer was accompanied by Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Kemal Soytürk and Macedonian Tower Restoration Project Consultant, Trakya University Faculty of Architecture Dr. Lecturer İsmet Osmanoğlu. Member İsmet Osmanoğlu also accompanied him.

Macedonian Tower


The Macedonian Tower, which was built by Hadrianus, who ruled between 117-138 in the Roman Empire and is the only surviving example of the towers on the walls surrounding the old Edirne, started to be known as the “clock tower” after Hacı İzzet Pasha, one of the governors of Edirne, built wooden floors and clocks on top (1867). It was also used as a fire watch tower for a while. The floors and clock section built on the tower, which was severely damaged in the earthquake in 1953, were dynamited and demolished as a result of a report issued on the grounds that they disrupted the aesthetics of the city. The tower was restored in the 1990s. Excavations were carried out by the Edirne Museum in 2002 and 2003. Restoration started in 2021 within the scope of the “Edirne Old Clock Tower Restoration Project” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Restoration work on the Macedonian Tower is expected to be completed in 2025.

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