The most famous watch towers
All subjects of human life periodically experience the heavy tread of time, obsolete and being replaced by other, more modern ones. The clock itself, which is counting time, is no exception. Not so long ago, wrist watches lost their importance for us. But a couple of hundred years ago it was they who pressed the tower clocks of importance, making them just a decoration of cities. However, the watch towers, like many years ago, attract our attention, as they are the symbolic heart of the city.
This medieval building is one of the most famous watch towers in Europe. Built in the beginning of the XIII century as a defensive structure, during its long history it managed to stay in prison, until it became the city keeper of time. The tower is decorated with moving mechanical figures and astrolabes.
This heritage of India’s colonial past has been counting time on the campus of Mumbai for about 150 years. It was designed by famous English architect George Gilbert Scott. Most of the construction money was allocated by one of the richest people in India of the 19th century, the “cotton king” Premchand Roichand. These “watch” became a gift from a businessman to his blind mother. As the local tradition says, the old woman, as a follower of the religion of Jainism, could not eat and drink the sun after sunset, and the battle of the tower clock helped her navigate in time. The tower is named after this worthy woman. True, being the first time the tallest building in the city, the clock attracted many suicides and were closed to visitors.
Joseph Chamberlain’s 100-meter memorial tower, popularly known as Old Joe, is the world’s tallest clock tower, which stands alone. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century at the University of Birmingham and bears the name of one of the most influential politicians of Victorian England. Probably, this name keeps in itself a particle of truly English humor, since the successful manufacturer and mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain, was the only member of the British Cabinet who had no university education.
This building was erected in 1922 in memory of all the people who died on the fronts of the First World War. It contains 7 books with the names of Canadians who fell in this war. Every day at exactly 11 am (the end of the war) in the books one page is turned over.
This building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The watches themselves have been record breakers for a long time – the biggest four-sided watches with a fight, but now they have the honorable third place in the world. Their diameter is 7 meters, and the total weight of 5 tons. Big Ben is actually called the largest of the five bells of the Palace of Westminster, but it is almost impossible to explain to tourists, so the British have recently seemed to put up with the popular name of their landmark. That’s right, it is now called “The Tower of Elizabeth.”
With a height of 601 meters, today this tower is the absolute champion among the “time guards” in the world and the tallest building in Saudi Arabia. The Japanese DoCoMo Yoyogi Building (NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building), which follows next, is 2.5 times lower, so this record is unlikely to be broken soon. The diameter of the dial is 43 meters.
The most important watches of our country, which have become the symbol of the New Year, also have a rich history and are among the oldest in the world. By the way, the word “chiming clock”, which most of our population, undoubtedly, refers to this particular watch, is simply the old name of a tower clock or even indoor floor clock with a fight. Spasskaya was built in the XV century, and according to an old tradition, in the first version, the clock was designated by letters. In a more modern European manner they altered by the decree of Peter the Great. Modern chimes were installed in 1852