Merewether Clock Tower

M. A. Jinnah Road, Karachi, Pakistan


Merewether Tower, or Tower as the conductors shout, cannot be missed by anyone coming from KPT building. It stands tall at the intersection leading to two of most famous and busiest thoroughfares. It was commissioned as a memorial for Sir William L. Merewether, 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. They don't. Anymore. Even if they had, it would have lost in the cacophony orchestrated by street vendors, bus drivers and conductors.

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