The 8 most impressive clock towers in the world.
Big Ben in London, Deira Clock Tower in Dubai and Zitglog in Bern are some of the most beautiful and famous clock towers on Earth.
- Spasskaya Tower, Moscow, Russia.
The Moscow Spasskaya Tower was built by an Italian architect in 1491. It contains a passage through the eastern wall of the Moscow Kremlin. The clock on the red tower was installed later, sometime between 1491 and 1585. The clock tower is known as the Kremlin Chimes and shows the official Moscow time. At the top of the tower there is a beautiful view of the Red Square.
- Prague Chimes (Prague Eagle), Prague, Czech Republic.
The Prague Clock is located on the Old Town Square in Prague. Established in 1410, the clock is the oldest operating astronomical clock in the world. The Prague Eagle has three main parts: the astronomical dial, which shows the position of the Moon, Sun and other astronomical details; the “Walk of the Apostles”, which is a series of moving sculptures; and the calendar dial, on which medallions depict the months of the year.
- Deira Clock Tower, Dubai, UAE.
The Deira Clock Tower is located at the intersection of Route 89 and Umm Harrar Road in Deira, Dubai. Also known as the Dubai Clock Tower, it was designed by architect Ziki Homsi and is one of the most important landmarks in Dubai.
- Mecca Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The Meccan Royal Clock Tower houses the largest clock face in the world, and the tower itself is the third tallest building in the world. The tower is part of the Abraj al-Bayt, a complex of high-rise buildings consisting of seven skyscrapers owned by the government of Mecca. This complex is located just a few meters from the Masjid al-Haram, the holiest site of Islam.
- Khan el-Umdan Clock Tower, Akko, Israel.
Khan el-Umdan, located in the Israeli city of Acre, is one of the most significant projects carried out by Ahmed Jazzar Pasha during the Ottoman Empire. At the base of the Khan el-Umdan, built in 1784, there are 40 granite columns. The clock tower itself was erected in 1906 and marked the silver jubilee of the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd al-Hamid II. It is currently Israel’s main tourist attraction and remains open throughout the day.
- Zitglog, Bern, Switzerland.
The famous medieval tower of Bernese Switzerland, Zitglog, is an important landmark of the city. It was built in the 13th century and had many different functions: a prison, a clock tower, a watchtower, a civic memorial, and a center of urban life. Zitglog is a heritage site of national significance and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town of Bern.
- Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India.
The Rajabai Clock Tower is an impressive tower located on the Fort Mumbai campus of the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India. The history of the tower dates back to the colonial rule in India, when it was designed by the English architect George Gilbert Scott.
The Rajabai Clock Tower was completed between 1869 and 1878. The tower is named after Rajabai, the mother of a wealthy Indian broker, Premchand Roychand, who financed the construction of this clock tower. The architecture of the Rajabaya Clock Tower is a fusion of Gothic and Venetian styles.
- Big Ben, London, United Kingdom.
Big Ben is a famous landmark of London, which is located in the northern part of the Palace of Westminster. Big Ben is the nickname of the Large Bell installed in the clock tower of the Palace, which is often called the clock tower itself. Big Ben can be seen in almost all movies, as well as documentaries that feature London.
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