Tuesday Photo Challenge: Time

Towering Time

16th Century Clock Tower, Aix-en-Provence, France

The back side of the clock tower in Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Aix-en-Provence, France. Located next to the City Hall, the tower was built in 1510. It is topped with a 16th century wrought iron cage that houses a bell, which still rings the hours of the day. White limestone blocks from a Roman era structure were support the base of the tower.  Facing away from the plaza, this clock face is simple and utilitarian. The front of the clock tower (oops, I missed getting that shot) is much more ornate and includes a 17th century astronomical clock and an 18th century urn commemorating the spirits of those who died in the French Revolution.

 

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