Top Ten Clock Towers

Top Ten Clock Towers

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  1. Big Ben, England
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    Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is now officially called the Elizabeth Tower, after being renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The Elizabeth Tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The Elizabeth Tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England and is often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.
    Links: Top Ten English Attractions, Top Ten Towers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_ben,
  2. Moscow Kremlin Clock Tower, Russia
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    The Kremlin Clock is a historic clock on the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. The clock dial is above the main gates to Red Square. For decades, the chimes have rung on the quarter hour, with bells tolling for each full hour.
    Links: Top Ten Russian Attractions, Top Ten Fortshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kremlin_Clock,
  3. Rathaus, Vienna, Austria
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    The Rathaus is a building in Vienna which serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna. The town hall also serves, in personal union, as Governor and Assembly (Landtag) of the State of Vienna, a state with the Austrian federal system. The Rathaus was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, one of the symbols of Vienna. Facing the Rathaus is a large park, the Rathauspark. The Rathaus also accommodates the historic ‘Wiener Rathauskeller’ restaurant. The traditional restaurant consists of several baroque halls, offering small traditional Viennese delicacies to grand gala buffets. Recently finished renovations (2000) include the re-opening of the neo-baroque Salon Ziehrer and the redesigned Lanner-Lehar Hall with wall and ceiling murals by German Trompe-l’œil artist Rainer Maria Latzke.
    Links: Top Ten Austrian Attractions, Top Ten Murals by Rainer Maria Latzke,
  4. Gdańsk Town Hall Spire, Poland
    Gdańsk Town Hall Spire

    Links: Top Ten Polish Attractions,
  5. Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico
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    Links: Top Ten Mexican Attractions, Top Ten Churches, Top Ten North American Attractions,
  6. Albert Memorial Clock, Queens Square, Belfast, Ireland
    Albert Memorial Clock
    Links: Top Ten Irish Attractions, Top Ten Squares,
  7. Bern Clock Towers, Switzerland
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    The city of Bern or Berne is the Bundesstadt (federal city, de facto capital) of Switzerland. With a population of 133,920 (2010), it ranks as the 4th most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 43 municipalities, has a population of 349,000. Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the 2nd most populous of Switzerland’s cantons. The official language of Bern is German, but the main spoken language is the Alemannic dialect called Bernese German. Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).
    Links: Top Ten Swiss Attractions, Cities, Top Ten Cities, Top Ten European Cities, Top Ten Cities with the Highest Quality of Life, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bern,
  8. Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland
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    The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the 8th tallest building in the European Union. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked; Stalin’s name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building’s sculptures. Currently it is the 187th tallest building in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Polish Attractions, Palaces, Top Ten European PalacesTop Ten Tallest Buildings, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Culture_and_Science,_Warsaw,
  9. Kraków Clock Tower, Poland
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    Links: Top Ten Polish Attractions, Top Ten Squares,
  10. University of Auckland Clock Tower, New Zealand
    University of Auckland Clock Tower
    Links: Top Ten New Zealand Attractions,
  11. Sighișoara Clock Tower, Romania
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    Links: Top Ten Romanian Attractions,
  12. Customs House, Shanghai, China
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    The Customs House  is an eight story building on the Bund, Shanghai. Built in 1927, the building remains a customs house today. Together with the neighboring HSBC Building, the Customs House is seen as one of the symbols of the Bund and Shanghai.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customs_House,_Shanghai,
  13. Westerkerk Tower, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Links: Top Ten Dutch Attractions,
  14. Belfries of Belgium and France
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    The Belfries of Belgium and France is a group of 56 historical buildings representing an architectural manifestation of emerging civic independence in historic Flanders and neighboring regions from feudal and religious influences, leading to a degree of local democracy of great significance in the history of humankind. Besides civic belfries, or buildings such as city halls that rather obviously may have rendered a similar service, the list includes religious buildings that also had served as watchtower or alarm bell tower: the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp and the St. Rumbolds Tower in Mechelen Flanders, and the St. Leonard’s Church in Zoutleeuw (Flemish Brabant). Few of them are standalone towers; most are connected to larger buildings.
    Links: Top Ten French Attractions, Top Ten Belgian Attractions, Top Ten Bell Towers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfries_of_Belgium_and_France,
  15. Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic
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    The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.
    Links: Top Ten Czech Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_Astronomical_Clock,
  16. Dolmabahçe Palace Clock Tower, Istanbul, Turkey
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    Dolmabahçe Clock Tower is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. The tower was ordered by Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (1842–1918) and constructed by the renowned Turkish court architect of Armenian descent Sarkis Balyan between 1890 and 1895. The clock tower was added to Dolmabahçe Palace, and stands in front of its Treasury Gate on a square along the European waterfront of Bosphorus next to Dolmabahçe Mosque. Designed in Ottoman neo-baroque style, the four-sided, four-story tower stands on a floor area of 8.5 × 8.5 m (28 × 28 ft) at a height of 27 m (89 ft). Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. On two opposite sides of the tower, the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II is put on.
    Links: Top Ten Turkish Attractions, Palaces, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolmabah%C3%A7e_Clock_Tower,
  17. Clock Tower, California, USA
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    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Californian Attractions,
  18. Yıldız Clock Tower, Istanbul, Turkey
    Yıldız Clock Tower
    Yıldız Clock Tower, is a clock tower situated next to the courtyard of the Yıldız Hamidiye Mosque, in Yıldız neighborhood of Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey at the European side of Bosphorus.
    Links: Top Ten Turkish Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C4%B1ld%C4%B1z_Clock_Tower,
  19. Tower of the Winds, Athens, Greece
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    The Tower of the Winds, also called horologion (timepiece), is an octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower on the Roman agora in Athens. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum.
    Links: Top Ten Greek Attractions, Top Ten Towers, Top Ten Friezes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_the_Winds,
  20. Machynlleth Clock Tower
    Machynlleth Clock Tower
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  21. Clock Tower, Prilep, Macedonia
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    Links: Top Ten Macedonian Attractions,
  22. Ottoman Clock Tower, Tripoli, Libya
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    Links: Top Ten Libyan Attractions,
  23. İzmir Clock Tower, Turkey
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    İzmir Clock Tower is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square in Konak district of İzmir, Turkey. The clock tower was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II’s (reigned 1876–1909) accession to the throne. The clock itself was a gift of German Emperor Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918). It is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman architecture. The tower, at a height of 25 m (82 ft), features four fountains, which are placed around the base in a circular pattern, and the columns are inspired by North African themes. The clock tower was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 500 lira banknotes of 1983-1989. In the former Balkan provinces of the Ottoman Empire, particularly in present-day Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin towns such as Belgrade, Prijepolje, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Gradačac and Stara Varoš, similar Ottoman era clock towers are still named Sahat Kula (deriving from the Turkish words Saat Kulesi, meaning Clock Tower.)
    Links: Top Ten Turkish Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0zmir_Clock_Tower,
  24. Muscat Clock Tower, Oman
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    Links: Top Ten Omani Attractions,
  25. Deira Clocktower, UAE
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    The Deira Clocktower is a roundabout in Dubai, UAE. The Clocktower is located in eastern Dubai in Deira, at the intersection of Umm Hurair Road and route D 89 (Al Maktoum Road). Situated in the locality of Al Rigga, the Deira Clocktower, now a prominent monument in Deira, provides access to the Al Maktoum Bridge, the first land crossing constructed between Deira and Bur Dubai. Like many of Dubai’s early architectural projects, the Clocktower was constructed by Overseas AST in around 1964. However, by 1972, the monument had started to crack and corrode the steel reinforcements, as a result of the unwashed beach sand used for the concrete. As a result, the Clocktower was refurbished in 1972. Dubai’s Clocktower is located in Deira but was not called Deira Clocktower.The Clocktower was erected as a symbol of Dubai and located in Deira because that was where major routes into Dubai converged prior to the building of Dubai – Abu Dhabi Road.
    Links: Top Ten UAE Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deira_Clock_Tower,
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