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Sepahsalar Clock Wakes Its Long Sleep

Tehran, Apr. 8 (CHN) - The old clock of Tehran's Sepahsalar School has been repaired and its bells will once again ring after a long standstill.

The clock is one of Tehran's oldest clocks and with its repair works reaching completion, it will start working once again in a two-week time, and its bells will ring and be heard once more in Baharestan Square of Tehran.

The clock has been out of order for an unknown time, but despite the fact that the spare parts could be found in no markets around the world, it has been repaired by two old Tehrani clockmakers, explained head of the restoration team of Sepahsalar, Fereidoun Boroumandi.

Sa'atchi brothers have been working in the clock's upper room since winter time, and finally the clock motor has started to run; however, the clock time is still 10 minute ahead of the actual time.

The clock of Sepahsalar School and Mosque is one of the souvenirs of the trips the Qajar Kings of Iran took to Europe. It is considered one of the four first European clocks imported to Iran at the time of Qajars. The other clocks are those of the British Embassy, Shams ol-emareh Mosque, and Moshir o-ddoleh Mosque in Tehran.

Sepahsalar clock was bought by Naser ed-din Shah of Qajar in 1880 in Paris. The clock room is 5 meters high, 2/5 meters wide, and 1/5 meters long. It is decorated with tiles and wood works, and has a gazebo which was restored in 2003.

When the bells of Sepahsalar clock ring at the end of Farvardin (mid April), the old school and mosque of Sepahsalar dating to more than one century ago, will be revived, reviving it them the Baharestan Square, a square known for the constitutional movement of Iran and freedom.

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