They do much more than mark the time. With hundreds of years in its mechanisms or almost newly installed; classic or ultramodern; at ground level or in endless towers ... These clocks of the world are authentic tourist attractions. Looking at the time in them is an experience, although in some it is difficult to see it.
1. Big Ben, London. The most famous of the world clocksBig Ben - Christian Kortum / Flickr.com
A clock symbol of British punctuality. Not even the bombings of World War II managed to affect its operation. Only rarely have you stopped or delayed, and not because of problems in your mechanism. By the way, Big Ben has 4 spheres of 7 meters with more than three hundred pieces of opaque glass.
2. Astronomical Clock, PraguePrague astronomical clock - Noppasin
No one doubts that it is one of the most beautiful watches in the world. So much so that the legend tells that the city councilors sent the master watchmaker Hanus, his creator, blind, so that he could not make another equal. He has been marking the time in Prague since 1410 and the parade of figures when it marks the hours is a spectacle.
3. Strasbourg cathedral clockStrasbourg Cathedral Clock - Paul Simpson / Flickr.com
Another wonderful astronomical clock, but this time somewhat later. It is inside the cathedral of Strasbourg and It was manufactured in the sixteenth century, although its mechanism would be deeply modified in the nineteenth century. Punctually, at 12.30, a group of automatons is put into operation by performing a curious choreography.
4. Glockenspiel, MunichGlockenspiel - Boris-B
More than the clock, in this case we look at the carillon, one of the largest in Europe. But perhaps without him no one would notice the time. Why? Because at 11 and 12 in winter, and also at 5 pm in summer, its 43 bells launch 32 life-size figures representing scenes of German history. A wonderful dance that lasts 15 minutes.
5. Zytglogge, BernZytgolgge - MarinaDa
This clock has been around since 1527. And he does it in a peculiar way: a system of levers and wheels makes every hour move some figurines, while a larger one hits the golden bell at the top. Another astronomical clock that captures looks and is one of the most photographed corners of Switzerland.
6. Spasskaya Tower, MoscowSpasskaya Tower - asinastasi / Flickr.com
The tower is from the 15th century, but the clock would be installed much later. What makes it special? First, its situation, in the Kremlin and next to the Red Square in Moscow. Second, that the clock is made up of three organs and ten bells that mark the quarters and the hours. And, thirdly, that for years touched the Socialist International.
7. Puerta del Sol, MadridPuerta del Sol - Farbregas Hareluya
If there is a known clock in Spain, it is this one, located in the heart of Madrid. It is for many reasons but, above all, because it is responsible for marking the end of a year and the beginning of the new. Its twelve bells are an unavoidable appointment every New Year's Eve. A clock that has starred in movie scenes, book chapters and even songs.
8. Abraj Al-Bait, MeccaAbraj Al-Bait - Yasser Abusen / Flickr.com
A vertigo clock in every way. Its four spheres are 400 meters from the ground and they are no less than 43 meters in diameter, which allows you to see the time from the entire city and even from several kilometers. Millions of mosaic pieces decorate it and he is in charge of calling prayer, since it is just behind the mosque.
9. Building of Sultan Abdul Samad, Kuala LumpurSultan Abdul Samad's building - salehi hassan / Flickr.com
In one beautiful building of the late nineteenth century that mixes Arab and British features, one of the most iconic clocks for the inhabitants of Malaysia is located. It is because he was the one who marked the country's independence at midnight on August 31, 1957, while raising the Malaysian flag for the first time
10. Grand Central Terminal, New YorkGrand Central Terminal - Werner Kunz / Flickr.com
If there is a cinematic clock, it is this one that presides over the great lobby of the largest transportation center in New York. It was manufactured in 1913 and its four spheres are opal. And a curiosity: its punctuality is amazing, it is estimated that only one second is delayed every 1.4 million years. There is a trick: it is connected to the atomic clock of the Bethesda naval observatory.
11. World Clock, BerlinWorld Clock - Steffen / Flickr.com
The last of our watches in the world takes us Berlin. A clock that has become one of the meeting points and that shows the time in different cities of the planet. Located in Alexanderplatz, it was built in 1969, is 10 meters high and is crowned by a solar system.
Cover photo: Socrates Rízquez / Flickr.com