Welcome to the weekend!
Hopefully you had a very productive week and now it’s time to have some fun. Take a little time to check out the cool things that we have put together for you in this weekend. We all know that time waits for no one but take your time visiting these famous clocks around the world in this weekend’s installment of Dollars & Sense.
Tour The Torre dell’Orologio
The clock tower, designed by Maurizio Codussi, was built between 1496 and 1506; the wings were an addition, perhaps by Pietro Lombardo. Above the clock face is the Madonna. During Ascension week and at Epiphany, the Magi come out and bow to her every hour, in an angel-led procession. At other times of year the hours and minutes are indicated in Roman and Arabic numerals on either side of the Madonna; this feature dates from 1858 – one of the earliest examples of a digital clock in the world. A tour of the clock reveals the workings of the clock, which dates from 1753 and was a remake of the original of 1499.
Visit Big Ben
The world’s most celebrated clock is also a pedant’s dream. Big Ben is actually just the main bell, not the tower. But then the über-pedants insist that the edifice isn’t even called St Stephen’s Tower, as the regular pedants hold, but is officially The Clock Tower.
Designed by architect Charles Barry as part of the Palace of Westminster, The Clock Tower was completed in 1859. The Great Clock started on May 31st that year, with the Great Bell’s strikes heard for the first time on July 11th and the quarter bells first chimed on September 7th. The clock still keeps surprising accuracy, thanks to a counterweight that relies on the stacking of old pennies.
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