City clock in Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk residents are very proud that a clock tower was built in their city, the second after Moscow. Outwardly, it looks a bit like the world-famous London Tower, which is why it got the name "Krasnoyarsk Big Ben".
The author of the project is the talented Siberian architect Areg Demirkhanov. Construction began in the 70s of the last century, but due to financial problems, the facility had to be mothballed. Decades later, the city administration decided to reconstruct and complete the tower. For these purposes, a charitable foundation was created. Both enterprises and ordinary residents of the city made donations.
The grand opening took place already in the new millennium, on September 8, 2001. There are four dials on the tower - no matter from which side a person enters the center of Krasnoyarsk, he will be able to find out the exact time by looking at the beautiful tower. The watch is 6.5 meters in diameter and weighs 1.5 tons. It is interesting that they were made not at a watch factory, but at an enterprise that produces military satellites.
The melody of the striking clock, which sounds every hour, is the music of the anthem of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. It sounded over the city all these years. In December 2017, the melody on the clock was replaced, now the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the ballet of P.I. Tchaikovsky sounds. Temporary replacement - until January 14, 2018. The city authorities wanted the fabulous music playing over the city every hour to create a festive mood.
The Clock Tower is located near the Embankment and the Communal Bridge, which connects the two banks of the Yenisei. Therefore, the inhabitants of the city gave it a second name: "Big Ben on the Yenisei".