The Sultan’s Seal

The original seal of Sultan Abdul Hamid II has been restored atop the landmark Clock Tower in the port city of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv.

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

The Ottoman Sultan, who ruled from 1876 to 1909, had erected four more of these imposing clock towers in Safed, Haifa, Acre and Nablus.

The plaque of his seal, which was placed 40 feet (12 meters) high on the tallest and most impressive tower in Jaffa, was a stark reminder to those entering the city of the Sultan’s autocratic rule over the Land of Israel and his pan-Islamic opposition to Western intervention in Ottoman affairs, a policy which ultimately led to World War I.


The Clock Tower in Jaffa

The sultan’s seal is a monogram representing the Ottoman Empire that incorporates the sultan’s name, his titles, his father’s name and blessings, along with symbolic characteristics of the kingdom. It served as the sultan’s official seal on documents, public buildings and coins.

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