“All these years, in spite of our investigations, we have not managed to find the designer and architectural design of the clock, since the records of the municipality fire” destroyed.
These states in his book “Fortress, the Clock and the Byzantine Aqueduct of Trikala” the researcher Nektarios Katsoyannou. This is the present building of the clock, which is around 5 m. North of the old, and together with the castle are a symbol of the city.
In search data one granddaughter of the then mayor, explains Mr. Katsoyannou, he told us that the architecture study her grandfather had commissioned Italian architect. The comments of the then newspapers unfortunately said the designer, unless it was by then dimomichaniko which, says Mr. Katsoyannou mention with caution, adding: “The construction of the building was made by contractor Selleck by master builder Panagiotis Pap or crook. The clock mechanism was made by the factory slip C. Karamanou located in Athens Kallithea “.
Its height is composed of three different levels with a total height of 26.60 m. The dimensions of the ground floor is (7,20X6,45) m. With a height of 15.50 m. And has inexplicably three entrances. The first floor (4,80X4,80) m. With a height of 5.30 m. And terrace perimeter, width 1.75 m. The second, where the clock mechanism is (3,30X3,30) m. Height 5.80 m. width and perimeter terrace 1.25 m. the diameter of the dial is 1.60 m. the renovation took place in 1997 and is open to visitors. The interior design the most part is quite different from the old. The staircase from the first floor to the rologostasio was peristro¬fiki with 120 steps. Today it is only at the top.
The old device was mounted on a wooden floor, linking with small iron staircase to the lower compartment. Was Greek construction, and the weight of the bell is about 1000 pounds and, in the outer surface of the writing: “EKATASKEFASTHI BY THE TIMETABLE OF THE CITY MAYOR TO TRIKKALON THEODOSIOU THEODOSOPOULOU IN THE YEAR 1937”.
The operation of the clock, according to Mr. Katsoyannou, based on a weighting pair of which each weighed 350 pounds. The initial and maintenance for about six months until his death, had taken the rologopoios Ap. Mavromatis. Then, until 1969, the rologopoios Costas Papaefthymiou with the rank of messenger, to succeed him after his retirement, his son Chrisoulis, obtaining four wages per month and the tuning was done once a week.
We are in the early 1940s was followed by the war and the occupation. In all areas there is complete silence. They just stroll the occupying forces. At the top of the Greek flag waving there now, but the Italian and then German.
The occupation of the calendar C. Papaioannou, stated in the book, he writes about the clock: “18.2.1941 Tuesday (…) The time of our city which esimane hours with bangs from the beginning of the war eichen stop beats. But today was started ringing for hours. ”
“22.4.1941 Tuesday (Easter) (…) The city Horologion work and beating the hours, but the plates are damaged.”
For the watch plates were destroyed that says Papaioannou, have mentioned and the Renaissance in newspaper edition of 07.04.1941: “we are informed meth ‘satisfaction, that the light of what was decided egra¬fisan order to Tash Athens mosques Oro¬logiou of which were broken during bombardment. Already in a few days awaiting the windows and so Trikkalinoi will be able to.,. Idoun with the same eyes, the hour. K’afto for some Thomases, who do not see anything … “.
The two references above us convince the researcher says that the destruction of the watch glass is not due to the bombardment of the clock as believed by some, but by strong explosions and shock wave bombs in city shelling and specifically there near temple St. Nicholas.
Seven years later the Renaissance, to comment on 29.07.1948 with humorous comment, “Rushing clock” writes: “From Certain days, the clock of the city ahead an endorsement by about 4 minutes of the Athens Observatory hour. Mr. Mayor let device positioning in the canonical point of the clock. ”
A year later, the same newspaper advises the mayor to place windows because, as are the machines, powder filling and do not work:
“Dust to blame”
The time of the city, the possession has not yet been glazed. Perhaps the ellipse of these contribute to the gather dust etc. and this constitutes one of the reasons by which when ahead when slow “(06.05.1949).
The following commentary long. Renaissance in our 12/16/1950 make known that thunderstorms hour fell lightning causing damage to plants.
“He acted the lightning rod”
Tash afternoon hours yesterday during showers, lightning fell on the fortress, where the lightning rod. They destroyed apasai century ilektrikai facilities and probably was damaged and the clock. ”
The postwar poor maintenance resulted not work properly and the windows of the dial longer be broken like the windows of the small wooden windows. Everything had begun to wear out first wooden ladder was too dangerous to climb it. The interior was filled not only climbing but also sparrow nests. Today, the clock receives a large volume of visitors, located in the city of Trikala, especially these days of Christmas with the operation of the mill of the Elves.