It may seem a bit lame and even a trite humorous, but we always try to take time out of travelling to see extraordinary public clocks
Here’s an updated list of some of the best we’ve come across. Let us know which beauties we’ve missed.
Obviously, the daddy of all clocks is this one in England.
Nick-named ‘Big Ben’ this is said to be the biggest four-faced clock in the world. The tower at the Houses of Parliament was built in 1858.
These days, you can get a great view of Big Ben from the London Eye, on the opposite bank of the River Thames.
Weltzeituhr or World Time Clock, Berlin, Germany
Standing 10 metres tall, the World Time clock is also a popular meeting point in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz.
It features a revolving cylinder with the world’s 24 time zones. The current time in each zone is visible.
The clock is topped by a model of the solar system, which revolves once a minute.
Verdensur, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jen Olsen’s World Clock is an astronomical clock in the Copenhagen City Hall.
This beauty boasts 12 movements and more than 14,000 parts.
Displays on the world clock include lunar and solar eclipses, position of stellar bodies and a perpetual calendar.
This is a medieval clock in the capital of the Czech Republic.
First installed in 1410, the clock is said to be the third eldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one that is still working.
Mounted on the wall of the city hall in Prague’s Old Town, the clock features an hourly parade of figurines known as the ‘Walk of the Apostles’.
A skeleton representing death strikes the time.
Eastgate clock, Chester, UK
This clock and gateway mark an entrance to the original Roman fortress of Deva Victrix.
The Chester landmark is believed to be the most photographed clock in England behind Big Ben.
The original East gate was guarded by a timber tower, which was replaced by stone in the 2nd century.
Today’s gate dates from 1768 and the clock was added in 1899 to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria two years earlier.
Grand Central Station, New York, USA
This four-metre (13 foot) clock decorates the facade of Grand Central Rail Station facing 42nd Street.
The clock is a popular landmark and meeting place for New Yorkers and has appeared in many movies and television shows.
It is the world’s biggest collection of Tiffany glass.
Chronophage, Cambridge UK
Located in the British university city of Cambridge, this clock is certainly eye-catching.
Opened in 2008, it is called the Corpus Christi Clock or Chronophage, which means ‘Time Eater’ in Greek.
If the gold-coloured disc doesn’t catch your attention, the big grasshopper certainly will
The grasshopper moves around the disc, gobbling up time right before your eyes.
Ankeruhr, Vienna, Austria
This colourful clock was designed in 1911 and completed three years later.
It shows the time by moving different historical figures across the clock face every hour.
The best time of day to see this clock is noon, when all the figures are on display.
Ankeruhr is located in the Hoher Markt.
Other notable clock that we’ve seen, but not photographed, include Saint Mark’s clock at Venice and the Olympic Torch and Clocktower at Barcelona, Catalonia.
We’ve been told that the Cosmo Clock 21 at Yokohama, Japan (shown below) and the Santa Maria Cathedral clock in Comayague, Honduras are well worth seeing. The latter is said to be the oldest functioning clock in the Americas.
Photo courtesy Popular Mechanics
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