Clocks and calendars have been around for many hundreds of years, though not all have been as recognisable as they are today. I have found three of some of the most unusual and oldest clocks and calendars still found today.
Amazing Water Clock – Hornsby Water Clock, Australia
I would never have guessed this was a clock, it looks nothing like any clock I have ever seen before in my life, though its accuracy is precise. This time piece is not hundreds of years old, instead it was unveiled in 1993. What is truly amazing about this clock is that it is not just one clock but three and they are all water powered. There is a 4th century BC Greek clepsydra, an 11th century Chinese water wheeled clock and also there is a 17th century Swiss pendulum clock all in this one clock.
To top it off, this amazing clock has with it, not just one bell to tone the hour, but a 17 note bronze carillon to tone the hour. Don’t panic if you cannot understand these clocks, there are instructions found on plaques in front of each of these clocks.
Everything and More – Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic
This clock is very impressive, it not only tells you the time, it also shows the movement of the planets, the seasons, the moon and the zodiac and it does all that AND it has animated figures that move on the hour. You can see Vanity looking in a mirror of course, Death being a skeleton tolling a bell, a Jewish miser holding a bag of gold and an Infidel which is portrayed by a turbaned Turk. Not only that but you can also see a parade of the Twelve Apostles.
What more could a clock do? If you would like to see this clock in all its hourly glory then stand before it on the hour between 9am and 9pm daily, you can find this wonderful clock in Prague’s Old Town Square.
Clock of Two Hemispheres – Greenwich Meridian, London, England
East meets West here at the Greenwich Meridian in London, and in the Meridian Courtyard of the Royal Observatory you can put a foot on either side of the Meridian for that ultimate King-of-the-world feeling, or perhaps you are more interested in watching the famous red ball drop from the top of the Observatory, just as it has done at 1pm since 1833.
The best way to get to the Observatory is via the Thames, you can find out more here.