Saat Tower

Coordinates: 38°04′25″N 46°17′44″E / 38.07361°N 46.29556°E / 38.07361; 46.29556

Municipality of Tabriz , front view

Sa'at Tower (Sa'at Qabağı in Azerbaijani Turkic) also known as Tabriz Municipality Palace is the head office of the municipal government of Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan Province, Iran. The Municipality was built in 1934 as the Tabriz municipal central office. After World War II it was used by the Azerbaijan Democrat Party as a Government Office. When Iranian troops regained control of Tabriz in 1947, the building was again used as the Tabriz municipal central offices, a function which has continued up to the present day.

Sa'at means "clock" and Qabaq means "front" in Azerbaijani.

Current alterations

During the 1990s, in an attempt for installing an elevator, one of Saat's patios was damaged. The tower dome was reconstructed on 2008 with a new color. Since 2007, part of the building houses the Municipal Museum.


Since Saat Tower is located in the center of the city, it has been used for various ceremonies and gatherings in the city. During 1947 it was used as the seat of the Azerbaijan Peoples' Government. Currently, at the beginning of every new Iranian Year (20 March), a big Haft-Sin is made behind Saat.

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