Regardless of whether they’re majestic, historic or just plain quirky, the world’s best known clocks keep pulling in the visitors.
Here’s a list of some of the best we’ve seen. Let us know which beauties we’ve missed.
Obviously, the daddy of all clocks is this one in London, 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.
Prague Astronomical Clock
Almost as famous, this is a medieval astronomical clock in the capital of the Czech Republic.
First installed in 1410, the clock is 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 or Orioj, features an hourly parade of figurines known as the ‘Walk of the Apostles’.
A skeleton representing death strikes the time.
The 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.
World clock, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jen Olsen’s World Clock or Verdensur is an astronomical clock in the Copenhagen City Hall.
Dating to 1955, this clock 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.
The Anker clock, Vienna, Austria
Known as the Ankeruhr, 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.
Vienna’s Anker clock is located in the Hoher Markt.
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.
The Corpus Christi Clock, Cambridge UK
Located in the British university city of Cambridge, this clock is certainly eye-catching.
Opened in 2008, the clock is called the 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.
World Time Clock, Berlin, Germany
Standing10 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.
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 Santa Maria Cathedral clock in Comayague, Honduras is well worth seeing and the said to be the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. Love to hear your thoughts.