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AlSafa Clock Tower stands tall in the heart of Riyadh

"ساعة الصفاة" تقف شامخة في قلب الرياض منذ أربعة عقود

05 APR 2021

Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

The Al-Safa Clock Tower has been a mainstay of Riyadh’s Deera Square in Riyadh for more than four decades. It is a historical landmark in the center of the capital and considered one of the most famous monuments in the country.


Located in Al-Safa Square or Justice Square, opposite the Imam Turki Mosque, the clock is a legacy from the first mayor of Riyadh, Prince Fahd Al-Faisal Al-Farhan. 

The clock began to tick in 1966 and has remained an important piece of heritage for local residents who lived in and around the area during the 1980s and the 1990s. The clock is now surrounded by new buildings, shops, markets and other modern landmarks.

Archaeological site

Al-Safa Square is located west of Al-Hukm and Al-Masmak palaces, both of which are important historical landmarks in the capital. In 2002, Al-Safa Square won the Danish Architects Award for being one of the best squares in the world.