These famous landmarks were built to become iconic. Their role far exceeds merely telling the time – the world’s most famous clocks have become architectural highlights in the cities they were built, drawing in throngs of tourists to admire their stunning beauty. Here is a look at 10 of the world’s most beautiful clock towers:

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower), London, England


Officially called Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. Completed in 1858, the tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. It is by far the most famous landmark in London and England, and one of the most famous monuments in Europe

Philadelphia City Hall


The Philadelphia City Hall held the title of tallest building in the world from 1901 till 1908, with a height of  548 ft (167 m). The famous tower has four clocks – one on each of its sides. Each of the clocks is 8 meters (26 ft) in diameter

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia


At a height of1,972 ft, this government owned complex is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It’s also the tallest clock tower in the world and the world’s largest clock face. Each of the four clocks (on four sides) is 141 ft × 141 ft

The Prague astronomical clock, Prague, Czech Republic


The astronomical clock is the main feature of the famous Old Town Square of Prague. Many tourists arrive to the square and wait to a round hour just to watch the famous moving figures of the beautiful clock. The medieval clock was first installed in the year 1410, making it one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world and the oldest one still in use

Rathaus-Glockenspiel, Munich, Germany


This famous tourist attraction was built in 1908 as part of the New Town Hall. Every day, at 11:00 sharp, and during the summer also at 12:00 and 17:00, it comes to life and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century. The area in front of the building will then be packed with visitors coming to enjoy the show. With 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures, this 12-15 minutes show is a real spectacle

The Saviour Tower (Spasskaya Tower), Moscow, Russia


The Saviour Tower is located in the famous Red Square, close to Saint Basil’s Cathedral and is part of the Kremlin walls. The huge clock tower was designed in 1491 and first installed in 1625.

The Zytglogge Tower, Bern, Switzerland


This beautiful medieval tower was built in the 13th century, and since served as a guard tower, a prison, a clock tower, and as a memorial. The clock we see today is an astronomical clock from the 15th century.

The Peace Tower, Ottawa, Canada


Formally known as The Tower of Victory and Peace, this impressive clock tower stands in the middle of the Centre Block – the main building structure of the Canadian parliament complex, in Ottawa. This 302 ft)tower replaced 180 ft Victoria Tower which burned down in 1916

Old Joe, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom


Old Joe, or it’s full name Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, is the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world 328 ft. It was built to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain, the first Chancellor of the University and its construction was completed in 1908

Rajabai Clock Tower, Mumbai, India


This 280 ft tall clock tower is located within the campus of the University of Mumbai. It was designed by the English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1878