When planning to visit a new city, the first thing to do is usually to list items and places to see. After all, nobody wants to let go of those points that everyone talks, and comments about, because many people go beyond the museum and church and focus on the details. For example, how about closely watching emblematic outdoor wall clocks, with all their history, their characteristics, and their unique information?
Worldwide, there are many clocks that are worth a few minutes of a visitor’s attention. Below, we have prepared a list of some of the most famous outdoor clocks in some of the major cities in Europe and the world.
Grand Central Terminal, New York (Outdoor Wall Clocks)
The two most famous New York clocks are at Grand Central Terminal and have become iconic symbols of this place, used as the setting for many movies and TV series.
The clock in the center of the main hall, above the information office, which was installed in 1913 when the station itself opened. The four facades that compose it are in opal and are estimated to be around $ 10 million.
The clock that is located outside the station, on the facade, overlooking 42nd Street, was opened in 1914. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it contains the most significant copy of Tiffany glass in the world. Elegant and refined, it fits perfectly with the city-style that welcomes you.
Prague Astronomical Clock (Outdoor Wall Clocks)
Impossible to neglect the beauty of the Astronomical Clock mounted on the southern tip of Prague’s Old Town Square. It was designed and built between the 14th and 15th centuries and has moving statues (Vanity, Death, Turkish and the Walker) and 12 figures of the Apostles, who hourly “come alive” with a mechanical show, drawing crowds.
The first quadrant of the clock, the astronomical, is set against the backdrop of heaven and earth at various stages of the day- from day to night through sunrise and sunset – with Roman numbers indicating the time in Prague, while the Arabic numerals on edge show Bohemian time.
A second ring, composed of the 12 signs of the zodiac, helps determine the position of the sun. The clock also indicates the movement of the moon during its various phases. Under the watch face is the calendar, added in 1870, consisting of twelve medallions representing the months of the year.
Elizabeth Tower, London (Outdoor Wall Clocks)
What the whole world knows as Big Ben is the tower of the Palace of Westminster, and in 2012 it was officially renamed the Elizabeth Tower, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
It is one of the favorite flash targets of tourists visiting the British capital. Installed in 1859, the clock consists of four quadrants measuring 7 meters in diameter. Each contains 312 pieces of opal glass, and the Latin inscription is engraved on the base of each disc.
It is worth admiring it, especially at night, with its lighting in contrast to the night sky of London.
St. Mark’s Clocktower, Venice, Italy
Anyone who has ever been to Venice should have noticed the beautiful clock on the tower of the building that is the beginning of the Renaissance, situated in the famous Piazza San Marco. Over the years, the watch has undergone several restorations. Highlights of the clock include its gold dial and blue enamel, all framed by a marble circle carved 24 hours a day in Roman numerals.
Above the dial is a semi-circular platform where the statue of the Madonna with the child is located. On either side of the figure are two blue panels showing the time: the hours in the left corner of the panel, the minutes to the right. At specific times of the year, a carousel of statues circulates. The hour hand has the sun, and between the Roman numerals, the zodiac signs arranged in a golden circle.
Shepherd Gate Clock, Greenwich, London
Installed in 1852, Shepherd Gate Clock was one of the first examples of an electric clock and also one of the first to inform the public about the weather in Greenwich, London, in the 24-hour system.
The watch, which once worked by electrical impulses, is now regulated by a quartz movement. It is located on the wall just outside the gates of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and catches the eye of anyone visiting this magnificent site.