Originally the clock tower was a fire watch tower overlooking the city and manned with fire watchers as being one of the highest points in the centre of the city.
Latterly, it is thought that either during the siege of Varna in 1828 or the latterly during the fire that engulfed part of the city centre during the Crimean War, it was unfortunately itself burnt to the ground.
The building was completely gutted and eventually reconstructed in stone in 1888 under the direction of the then Mayor when Krastyu Mirski, who assigned Sava Dimitrievich as the architect to construct a 24 metre high clock tower and fitted with an English clock mechanism by Oton Ivanov making the final fixings.
Clock Mechanism - (Source Varna-info.bg)
The clock is still looked after by the apprentices of this skilled workman and can still be seen working today as a fine tribute to the engineering of the time.