By the Agency for Construction and Development of Herceg Novi, which is related to the rehabilitation and development, and therefore the tourism development of the Clock Tower, recently, this symbol of the city, visited the team and the Regional Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Kotor.
According to architect Slobodan Popovic, Director of the Agency, the interior is in very ruined state, and it is necessary to comply with the Bureau, make a quality project of rehabilitation of the tower, which requires both time and money. Although the implementation, such an important project for the city, the winds are likely to rush south, and the old Torah - as he called Herceg Novi, many nest pigeon flocks, alone initiative, is worth any attention.
Ruzica Ivanovic, director of the Regional Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage, said, that this institution, in terms of this significant project act in accordance with the normal mode, you first need to make architectural research, to discover the original form of Sun Tower, which was built in the mid- 19 century.
We will also use and analyze all available documentation, old plans, engravings and photographs, to examine the genesis of the tower, the city gates. Will be an opportunity to examine a part of the city wall, to discover and document data on the older part of the city walls, and will, among other things, use the drawing Fedora Karachay from 1837. year, which represents the western city wall, before the construction of the current tower. Since the Clock Tower, with its highly articulated architecture of the general shape, or appearance, is the ornament and a sign of recognition of the democratic vision of Herceg Novi, the planned arrangements, and improve, its overall condition, especially eneterijer but the area around it. In this way, would create the conditions that the tower is accessible to the professional community and visitors, which will provide its evaluation and presentation, explained Ivanovic.
The project is also significant because the Clock Tower itself, with a staircase that runs underneath the river like a petrified since the 19th century is a symbol of the city, which combines the two most attractive square, Belavista in the Old Town and the Square of Nikola Djurkovic. Opening the Torah, for tourist visits, it would mean a lot for a complete evaluation of the Old Town, and the opportunity to provide those interested with one of the most beautiful gazebo, a stone throw away look at the core of Herceg between cities and the blue of the bay in which nested.
For now, the clock tower of the visitors to "protect" the ruined staircase and firmly locked iron door. In its passage, to the left, visitors can see a bas-relief of the founder of the first Bosnian king Company Kotromanić, sculptor afran Hodzic. Below are two bas-relief inscriptions, written in the first and second Bosancica Serbian language. Text in Bosancica, taken from the charter company the first king, written in the Dubrovnik Republic. To the right of passage, there is a statue of the "Black Virgin". The legend of its origin says that during the fighting between Turks and Venetians, 1687. The three Perast, screened from the olive trees. Cannonball cannon, hit the olive tree, which they in such a way, saved lives, and three Perast have vowed to nagorjelog just from that tree, in gratitude, make a sculpture of Our Lady. During the conservation and restoration works 2003. year by a team of Herceg JU Museum and Gallery, radio Goran Skrobanović, painter / curator, it was found that the statue was actually made of olive wood.
Otherwise, the Clock Tower, built during the Turkish rule, as evidenced by recording in Arabic, which is located to the left of the gate. It reads "This strong tower, on the orders of Sultan Mahmud, built 1078th - 1667th Mustafa Aga Sultan mosque in the server. "
At the site of the Clock Tower, once the doors were at the entrance to the Old Town with its western side. Around the outer walls of the ramparts, was mine, which was running water. To enter the city or the closing of the door, he used a wooden bridge.
I keep mine much longer, after the construction of clock towers, and buried only in the 19th century.
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