As I prepare for another Monday, I find myself thinking about the passage of time (mostly because I wish the weekends would go by a little bit slower than they do). Of course, thinking about the passage of time gets me thinking about numbers and clocks. Thinking about clocks makes me think about famous clocks in Europe that I have seen or would like to see. I’m good at thinking in random tangents, like that.
Big Ben, London
If we’re talking about clocks, we can’t go without a mention of Big Ben in London, perhaps the world’s most famous clock. What you may not know, however, is that Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside of the clock. The tower itself is called Elizabeth Tower. You learn something new every day. I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful clock in the spring of 2006.
Astronomical Clock, Prague
The next clock on my list, and one I have not yet seen but would really like to see is the Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic. My parents went to Prague a couple years ago and came back with stories about how beautiful the city is, and how wonderful that amazing clock was to see in person. The astronomical clock is the main feature of the Town Square in Prague, and people wait around to when the hour changes over in order to see the gorgeous and famous moving figures on the clock. It has been around since 1410, which makes it one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world that is still in use.
Shepherd Gate Clock, Greenwich, London
We actually go back to just outside of London for the next clock, the Shepherd Gate Clock, Greenwich, London, England. I visited this clock on the same trip in 2006 where I saw Big Ben. What’s so special about this clock? Only that it is possibly the most significant timepiece in the world. Located at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and more importantly, the Greenwich Meridian Line, which marks the world’s Prime Meridian at 0 degrees longitude and serves as a reference point for all clocks and time zones set around the world.
Musee d’Orsay, Paris
Next we visit Paris, where there is a beautiful clock in a window at the Musee d’Orsay museum. The museum itself is an absolutely stunning building, situated inside of an old railway station, and the clocks on both ends are the original clocks that once displayed in the station. You may have seen photos of people in silhouette standing in front of the giant clock before, and I am no exception. This is truly a beautiful sight to behold in Paris.
Zytglogge Tower, Bern, Switzerland
Last, we visit the Zytglogge Tower in Bern, Switzerland. Built in the 13th century, this incredibly beautiful medieval tower has been a clock tower, a guard tower, and even a prison. It has been an astronomical clock since the 15th century and has been designated a UNESCO cultural heritage site.
Have you visited any beautiful clocks in your travels?
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