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Khan Clock Tower

Khan Clock Tower
The Khan Clock Tower (Sinhala: ඛාන් ඔරලෝසු කණුව) is located on Main Street in Pettah in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The clock tower was built in 1923 by the family of Framjee Bhikhajee Khan, a Parsi family from Bombay, India (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). They owned several businesses in the country including the famous Colombo Oil Mills (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). The inscription on the tower can be read as follows;
This clock tower and fountain was erected to the memory of Framjee Bhikhajee Khan by his sons Bhikhajee and Munchershaw Framjee Khan as a token of affectionate gratitude and dedicated through the Municipal Council to the citizens of Colombo on the fourth day of January 1923, the 45th anniversary of his death
The tower
The tower is approximately four stories high and is situated at the roundabout that marks the entrance to the Pettah market (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016).

1) Khan Clock Tower by Jorge Láscar is licensed under CC BY 2.0
1) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.62.

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This page was last updated on 30 August 2022

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