About the Square with the Clock Built by the TurkishThe Clock Tower Square (HaSha'on Square) is one of the main and known areas of Jaffa, from its days as a Turkish stronghold. Of course its name originated from the clock tower itself. The tower is built from sandstone. It is one of about 1,000 clock towers but in the 20th century by the Ottoman Empire. Originally the tower was built in 1906 by Turkish Ottomans that controlled Israel, for the 25th anniversary of the Turkish Sultan Abdul-Hamid's crowning.
At the top of the tower there used to be four clocks, two of which showed the time in Europe. If you look carefully you can see that the first two floors have round edges. These are the original foundations for the tower. Only in 1911 another floor was added, and you can see the difference by its square edges. When the clock was moved to the top floor, a greenish copper plate was added to the clock's original location.
At the tower windows you can see a combination of metal decorations, that describe the history of Jaffa.
Around the SquareIf you turn your head towards the west, to the sea, you will see what is called in Turkish a "Kishla." This is where the Turkish police station and prison was in Jaffa. The British also used this place as a police station, and this is where Jewish underground fighters from the Irgun and Lehi were imprisoned. Until a few years ago it was an active police station in the State of Israel. In 1971, the most popular Israeli film, "The Policeman Azulai," was filmed here, starring Shaya Ophir with his shining performance.
On the other side, towards the East, you can see old looking columns. These are not Roman ruins, during the Ottoman Empire this was the Turkish Saray - the Turkish mayor's house. Later the Jaffa municipality was also located here. During the War of Independence, on January 4, 1948, the Lehi militant group bombed it. A truck parked across from the building exploded and destroyed the building, expect the columns you see today.
If you go 50 meters away from the clock tower, towards the south, you will reach the Abulafia Bakey, a well-known establishment selling Middle Easter baked goods and all delicious.