As the whole world is waiting for the clock to strike 12, we take a look at the most famous clock towers. With the approaching of the New Year all eyes will be upon them to announce the coming of 2018! These famous landmarks were meant to be iconic. They attract thousands of tourists to the square to admire their beauty. These are much more than just machines telling the time, but symbolic architectural highlights.
Join us on a journey to some of the world’s most iconic clocks!
Big Ben, London
The real name of the Big Ben is the Elizabeth Tower. It is a symbol not only of London, but of England and one of the most recognizable buildings on the Old continent.
The construction of the Big Ben was completed in 1858 and since then it is the third tallest clock tower in the world.
The Astronomical Clock, Prague
This medieval tower is the jewel of the famous Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Many tourists come every day to the clock square to watch the moving figurines.
The Astronomical clock in Prague was installed in 1410 and is the oldest still operating in the world. There is a great tower café where you can admire the building and and the hours going by.
This tower is a famous tourist sight in Munich. It was built in 1908 and to this day crowds flock to it at exactly 11 am to watch a 15 minute show of 16th century stories.
The Savior Tower, Moscow
This huge clock is a famous symbol of the Red Square. It was installed in 1625 and is part of the Kremlin wall close to the Saint Basil Cathedral.
The Savior Tower is one of Moscow’s most popular attractions.
The Peace Tower, Ottawa
This is an impressive and tall tower which stands in the middle of the Canadian Parliament complex.
This large clock replaced the smaller one tower of Victoria which was destroyed in a fire in 1916.
Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai
This 280 feet tall clock tower is part of the campus of Mumbai University. It is designed by Sir George Scott, an English architect. The building was completed in 1878. These beautiful buildings are famous all around the world. They have become symbols of their cities and countries and will be the first to welcome the new year!
By Betty Stefanova