Tirana’s Ottoman Clock Tower was built by the poet Haxhi Et'hem Bey and dates from 1822. Completed by the locals and extended to 35m in 1928 when a German-made clock was also installed (the current Chinese clock is the fourth in the tower’s existence), it was for a long time the tallest building in the city. The climb up the 90 steps to the top is worth it for the excellent views of the city centre.The shadow of the tower strikes the Et’hem Bey Mosque next door at sunset, an event long used to mark closing time at the formerly adjacent market place in the area where the Palace of Culture now stands. Brightly lit at night, the tower can be seen from the far end of Rr. Durrësit when entering the city from the airport. Completely renovated in 2010, at the time of writing the structure was somewhat inexplicably covered in scaffolding and, along with the Culture & Continuity Museum immediately behind it, closed to the public until, so we’re reliably informed, December 2016.