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Address: Rue des Capucins | Downtown Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
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Much like its neighbour le Grand Serail (the Lebanese government building),...

Much like its neighbour le Grand Serail (the Lebanese government building), the Clock Tower (Tour de l'Horloge) is an Ottoman structure. It was erected in 1897, around the same time that nearly every city in the Levant received a clock tower by the Ottomans. The design is by the Lebanese architect, Youssef Aftimos, who later designed two of the most beautiful edifices in Beirut: the Municipal Building and Barakat Building. The clock tower stands in front of the main entrance of le Grand Sérail on a hill dominating central Beirut.

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The clock tower isn't really a separate tourist attraction, but is the tower you'll see in the middle of the Place de L'Etoile, if you visit there. It's worth a visit, though... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The area around the square is interesting and worth visiting but the clock tower is average. Do not be deterred by the army guarding the area around the square, we found them friendly and helpful to tourists.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The clock tower isn't really a separate tourist attraction, but is the tower you'll see in the middle of the Place de L'Etoile, if you visit there. It's worth a visit, though a little surreal as the streets are largely deserted. Plenty of pigeons for kids to feed!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

pre-war monument standing in downtown facing the parliament as witness of history in a spacious rounded square.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

The whole area around Place de L'etoile is very interesting and certainly worth the visit, but I don't get what is so special about the clock tower. There are 10s of building around more interesting than this one

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

It's a tower with a clock. Nothing else. This is not a site you go to to visit, but one you pass by when looking for other things. Close to the parliament, so you will have to pass some road blocks. We thought those were more photogenic than this tower.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

During our recent visit to Beirut we took a walk here. We had to "talk our way" into the area past the soldiers at the gates with plenty of razor wire. We told them we were visiting the St. George Church and Museum and meeting friends at the Cafe de l'Etoile and while they didn't seem to sure, let us... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

It is where history was made a central point in Beirut so close to parliament and was surrounded by lots of cafe which unfortunately now not so much accessible due to proximity from parliament.

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Thank Georges A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

Walking in Beirut city center where you can see the old buildings with beautiful architecture, part of it in a pedestrian only area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

it was very nice and peaceful walking in those streets... many options of restaurants and cafes so you can choose whatever you like to eat or drink...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This tour means a lot for Lebanese. it's a landmark of history and happy days. it moved from one place to another and is now so much related to the place de l'Etoile just in front of the Parliament building

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