Which are the ones we can compare our time to now?


Today, we are all used to constantly racing against time and let minutes define our lives. We wear a watch on our wrist, we have a watch on our phone's home screen, but in the past, it wasn't like that at all. Then the people of Plovdiv oriented themselves by the ringing of the church bells and the time shown by the city clocks. And which are the ones we can compare our time to now?

The Clock Tower of Sahat Tepe

There are reports that Roman sundial and remains of a water clock were found during excavations around the stairs of Kamenitza. It is probably not by chance that the tower on top of the hill, whose name - Sahat Tepe, means Hill of the Clock - was built right there, during the Ottomans. It was built at the end of the 16th century according to the then European model. There is no dial, but the time is measured every round hour, ringing with its honeyed bell.

Clocks around Roman Stadium Square/Dzhumaya Mosque

Another important city place, which since the Liberation faithfully served the citizens, is the sundial, placed on the southwest corner of the mosque in 1878. It still shows the time without fail, but not with hands, but with shadows.

There, around the square, there are also two more locations where we can easily find out the exact time (if we manage to find them calibrated, of course). Just look up at the former Popular Bank, erected in 1923. It is located at the very beginning of Rayko Daskalov on the right. It is known that in the middle of the 20th century the mechanism was maintained there by the famous watchmaker Artin Shirinyan.

On the left side, a few steps away from the Tourist Center, there is a DSK, on which you can also navigate by the hands at the top.

Central Post Office Clock

The favorite meeting place of people of Plovdiv also had a clock in the old building - there was also the entrance to the post office erected in the 1930s. After the reconstruction, a new clock was installed, the creator of which was Dimitar Pavlov. 

The clock on 11 Avgust Street

The beautiful building, which today houses a famous pizzeria on its first floor, also features a mechanism in its highest part, but again inactive.

Church clocks:

One of the oldest is that of the Catholic Church, delivered by Bishop Andrea Canova in 1866, and of the Saint Nedelya Church, which is known to be French and installed in 1912. Nowadays, the newly built Holy Archangels church also has a brand-new clock, which stands proudly on Dzhambaz Tepe. There is also a clock on the terrace of the Church of Virgin Mary at the very beginning of Old Plovdiv. You may see it when you go up the stairs on the right.