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10 clock towers to spend some time with

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Zytglogge, Bern, clock tower

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Zytglogge, Bern, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland's unique astronomical clock became a town fixture when it was added to a medieval-era tower in the 1500s. The Zytglogge's most impressive feature is its 3,000-pound bronze bell, and also has two main clock faces and a smaller astronomical clock that tells the day of the week, time of day, date, lunar phases and even the current zodiac sign. The tower was once a jail and visitors can still pass through a small gate that was used in medieval times to allow people to enter the walled section of the city. It's all part of Bern's Old City, which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.