Mecca Royal Clock Tower
World Tallest Clock Tower: Several buildings have been compared with the world’s tallest clock tower, but the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia stands out. This colossal clock tower in Mecca is one of the tallest buildings in the world, and its timepiece is the largest in the world. Moreover, this building has several world records, including being the largest hotel in the world, and the largest clock face.
|Tower Height: 1,972 feet (601 meters)|
|Timepiece Diameter: 17.2 feet|
|Copper minute hand: 13.5 feet|
|Pendulum: 15 feet long|
This clock tower’s timepiece has a 17.2 foot diameter, a 13 and a half foot copper minute hand, and a 15 foot long pendulum. It was built in the early 1900s. The Tehran Floral clock was intended to be outrun by it. Its spire is 8 storey’s tall, and it also has an observation deck 200 feet above ground.
It is also located near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and it is part of a multitowered skyscraper complex. This complex includes several smaller buildings, and it also includes several hotels and shopping malls. Although the tower construction is of high-strength glass and steel framework.
Moscow State University building: World Tallest Clock Tower
Another building that has a timepiece that is the largest in the world is the Moscow State University building. This building’s clock tower is a corner tower that stands at 387 feet, and its clock face is 29.5 feet in diameter. The “Old Joe” clock is another name for this timepiece. Its timepiece is also a symbol of the University of Birmingham in England.
Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower
Another building that has a timepiece is the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower. This building is one of the tallest freestanding clock towers in the world, and it is also prescribe to inspire the all-seeing eye of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The clock face estimates between 325-361 feet tall.
Abraj al-Bait clock tower: World Tallest Clock Tower
Another clock tower that is a landmark in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the Abraj al-Bait clock tower. It is located near the Grand Mosque in Mecca. It has a clock face that is five times larger than the Big Ben in London, and it is one of only a few clocks that still stand in the world. The clock activated on the first day of Ramadan in 2011.
The Abraj al-Bait clock tower is schedule to be open in October. Hence, it will be a tourist attraction, and visitors will pay to enter the clock tower. There are rumors that it will be able to show them inside the workings of the clock. However, its museum is a wreck.
Other buildings with timepieces are the Old Joe tower in England, the Wrigley Building in Chicago, and the Zytglogge tower in Switzerland. These buildings all have a timepiece that is larger than the one in the Abraj al-Bait clock. Although, these buildings uses for advertising purposes, and many of the clock faces are inscribe with writing. The Quran is engrave on the east and west clock faces.
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