The Anchor Clock(Ankeruhr), Vienna
Walking through the maze of roads in Vienna, we stumbled upon many interesting sights. One of them, in Hoher Markt, is the Anchor Clock. The clock very cleverly designed forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company’s building, though I am not sure whether it actually serves the purpose of a bridge.
This clock was made between 1911 and 1917, its credits to painter Franz von Matsch. It is decorated with beautiful mosaic ornaments. There are human size figures which seemed to inch forward keeping pace with passing time. Unfortunately we were there between two striking hours, and we had to move on, so couldn’t witness the little drama that takes place at the moment when the hour strikes. I am telling you this so that you can plan your time well in advance if you are there and witness the little drama that happens.
This picture below is the view of the clock just behind the bridge.
The twelve statues that have been going around untiringly day after day, month after month, year after year are listed below:
1-2: The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who died near Vienna
2-3: Karl der Große (Charlemagne)
3-4: Duke Leopold VI (The Glorious) and his wife Theodora
4-5: Walther von der Vogelweide, Medieval minstrel singer
5-6: King Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife Anna von Hohenberg
6-7: Meister Hans Puchsbaum
7-8: Emperor Maximilian I
8-9: Mayor Johann Andreas von Liebenberg
9-10: Count Rüdiger von Starhemberg
10-11: Prince Eugene of Savoy
11-12: Empress Maria Theresia and Franz Stephan of Lorraine
12-1: Joseph Haydn
I think we saw King Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife Anna von Hohenberg moving ahead slowly that day.