Hussainabad Clock Tower is situated opposite Hussainabad Imambara and is just a mile away from the famous Rumi Darwaza. Standing at 67 m or 221 ft, it is considered to be the tallest building in the country. Built in 1887 and designed by the architect Roskell Payne, the clock tower is the magnificent example of the Victorian-Gothic style architecture in India.
Its construction was started by Nawab Nasir-ud-din as a gesture of welcome to Sir George Couper, first Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh. The work stopped due to his death but was finally completed in 1887. It cost a whopping Rs.1.74 lakh in those days.
The components of the clock in the skyscraper were made of gun metal which were brought from Luigate Hill, London. The 14 ft long and one and a half inch thick pendulum is larger than even that of the Westminster Clock. It revolves around a flower-shaped dial with bells chiming around it.