10 Most Famous Clock Towers In The World

1. Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower), London, England - Officially called Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. Completed in 1858, the tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It is by far the most famous landmark in London and England, and one of the most famous monuments in Europe

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World:  Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower), London

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower), London

 

2. Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, United States - The Philadelphia City Hall held the title of tallest building in the world from 1901 till 1908, with a height of  548 ft (167 m). The famous tower has four clocks – one on each of its sides. Each of the clocks is 8 meters (26 ft) in diameter

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia

 

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia – At a height of 601 meters (1,972 ft), this government owned complex is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It’s also the tallest clock tower in the world and the world’s largest clock face. Each of the four clocks (on four sides) is 43 × 43 meters (141 ft × 141 ft)!

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca

4. The Prague astronomical clock, Prague, Czech Republic - The astronomical clock is the main feature of the famous Old Town Square of Prague. Many tourists arrive to the square and wait to a round hour just to watch the famous moving figures of the beautiful clock. The medieval clock was first installed in the year 1410, making it one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world and the oldest one still in use

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Prague astronomical clock, Prague

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Prague astronomical clock, Prague

 

5. Rathaus-Glockenspiel, Munich, Germany – This famous tourist attraction was built in 1908 as part of the New Town Hall. Every day, at 11:00 sharp, and during the summer also at 12:00 and 17:00, it comes to life and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century. The area in front of the building will then be packed with visitors coming to enjoy the show. With 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures, this 12-15 minutes show is a real spectacle

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Rathaus-Glockenspiel, Munich

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Rathaus-Glockenspiel, Munich

 

 6. The Saviour Tower (Spasskaya Tower), Moscow, Russia – The Saviour Tower is located in the famous Red Square, close to Saint Basil’s Cathedral and is part of the Kremlin walls. The huge clock tower was designed in 1491 and first installed in 1625. Together with the Kremlin, the Red Square and the famous cathedral, this small area holds Moscow’s best attractions

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Saviour Tower (Spasskaya Tower), Moscow

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Saviour Tower (Spasskaya Tower), Moscow

 

7. The Zytglogge Tower, Bern, Switzerland – This beautiful medieval tower was built in the 13th century, and since served as a guard tower, a prison, a clock tower, and as a memorial. The clock we see today is an astronomical clock from the 15th century. This cultural UNESCO heritage site is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Bern

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Zytglogge Tower, Bern

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Zytglogge Tower, Bern

 

8. The Peace Tower, Ottawa, Canada - Formally known as The Tower of Victory and Peace, this impressive clock tower stands in the middle of the Centre Block - the main building structure of the Canadian parliament complex, in Ottawa. This 92.2 meters (302 ft) tower replaced the 55 meters (180 ft) Victoria Tower which burned down in 1916

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Peace Tower, Ottawa, Canada

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: The Peace Tower, Ottawa, Canada


9. Old Joe, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom – Old Joe, or it’s full name Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, is the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world, at 100 meters (328 ft). It was built to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain, the first Chancellor of the University and its construction was completed in 1908

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Old Joe, University of Birmingham

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Old Joe, University of Birmingham

 

10. Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India – This 85 meters (280 ft) tall clock tower is located within the campus of the University of Mumbai. It was designed by the English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1878

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai

Most Famous Clock Towers In The World: Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai

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