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The amazing story of Tashkent chimes


The chimes of Tashkent are one of the eternal symbols of the city. It has to do with romantic dates, the ambience of the lights in the old center. The first clock tower was built in the post-war years, and now the bells screech every 15 minutes to commemorate those died in World War II.

The clock itself was removed from the town hall of a small East Prussian town during the offensive of the Soviet troops. The idea belonged to Alexander Eisenstein from Tashkent, a master watchmaker who persuaded the order to save the clock before blowing up the building. Later, Eisenstein repaired the clock, and the architect Muhammasin won the project to build the tower for it. The building is located in the central square.

The talented hands of master Shirin Muradov have the decorative elements that adorn the building: traditional ganchi carvings give the tower an oriental flavor.

Alexander Eisenstein was the keeper of the bell all his life, in charge of repairing and maintaining the proper functioning of the machinery. The structure was severely damaged, including after the 1966 earthquake. To commemorate him, on the top platform of the tower, there is a plaque dedicated to commemorating the master's contribution to the history of chimes in Tashkent.

The second twin towers were built during the next reconstruction in 2009

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