Top 10 Most Renowned Clock Towers

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6. Peace Tower

Peace Tower

The Peace Tower governing the parliament building is for Canada what Big Ben is to the United Kingdom, a symbol and a landmark. Constructed after the Victoria Tower burned down, the Peace Tower is an imposing 302 feet tall edifice topped by a carillon with 53 bells installed immediately after the end of WW1. As previously mentioned, the Peace Tower is a distinctive icon and the fact that it appears on the 20 and 50 Canadian dollar bills stand proof of that.

 

7. Montreal Clock Tower

Montreal Clock Tower

The famous clock tower in Montreal serves as a memorial for all the Canadian sailors who lost their lives in the First World War. The cornerstone of this fascinating edifice was laid by Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales at the time, and the first plans included a carillon of five bells that would chime every hour. While unfortunately the plans were never put into practice, it is necessary to mention that the Sailors’ Memorial Clock is the best place to be if you want a memorable view of the beautiful city of Montreal.

 

8. Rajabai Clock Tower

Rajabai Clock Tower

Modeled after Big Ben, the Rajabai in South Mumbai is among the most famous bell towers built in the British Raj era. Incorporating the Gothic and Venetian architectural styles, the facility is remembered in the history of India for the cost of the construction, namely 200,000 rupees, an excessive sum of cash for that period. An interesting fact about this tower is that back in its glory days, it was tuned to play 16 songs dedicated to England’s royal family. Nowadays, it has been closed to visitors due to the high number of suicide attempts and it is set to chime one tune every 15 minutes.

 

9. Mecca Clock Tower

Mecca Clock Tower

The fact that the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is currently the world’s tallest bell is not a surprise to anyone, especially since Saudi Arabia is renowned for ambitious sheikhs who are always eager to invest in impressive architecture. In fact, if it weren’t for the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai recently finished in 2011, the Royal Hotel hosting this breath-taking bell would have still held the title of the world’s largest facility.

 

10. Faisalabad Clock Tower

Faisalabad Clock Tower

Pakistan’s notorious Faisalabad does not only stand proof of the British fascination with clock towers, but as the oldest building standing in its original location it also represents a historical monument. The Ghanta Ghar as dubbed by the locals takes us back to the time when Britain’s naval army was a force to be reckoned with, since it controlled most of the Southern parts of Asia.

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