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Stephansdom in Vienna, Austria
 

Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock

 
 
Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
1. Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock Marker
Inscription.  
Hier auf dem ältesten Platze Wiens, in dessen
nächster Nähe sich das Kommandogebaüde
(Praetorium) des Römerlagers Vindobona befand,
liesz die im Jahre 1858 gegründete
Allgemeine Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft

Der Anker

in den Jahren 1912-14 den Ankerhof erbauen.
Gleichzeitig schufen hervorragende Künstler

Die Ankeruhr.

Sie ist den Wienern gewidmet.

[English translation:]

Here at the oldest square in Vienna, in close proximity to where the headquarters (Praetorium) of the Roman settlement of Vindobona (Vienna) was located, the General Insurance Company, The Anchor, founded in 1858, had the Anchor Building constructed in the years 1912-14. At the same time, The Anchor Clock was built by outstanding artists.

The Clock is dedicated to the people of Vienna.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 48° 12.644′ N, 16° 22.417′ 

Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
2. Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock and Marker - Wide View
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E. Marker is in Stephansdom, Wien (Vienna). Marker is at the intersection of Hoher Markt and Bauernmarkt, on the left when traveling east on Hoher Markt. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hoher Markt 10-11, Stephansdom, Wien 1010, Austria. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alter Berghof II / Old Berghof II (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvedere Film Productions (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); 1981 Vienna Synagogue Attack (about 90 meters away); Alter Berghof I / Old Berghof I (about 120 meters away); Adalbert Stifter and the Solar Eclipse (about 120 meters away); The Security Committee of 1848 (about 210 meters away); O5 (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Charles de L'Ecluse (Clusius) (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stephansdom.
 
Also see . . .  VIENNA: Altstadt, ANKER-UHR mit Orgelspiel, Hoher Markt (YouTube, 3 min.). Short video demonstrating the Anchor Clock's hourly parade and music. (Submitted on January 9, 2018.) 
 
Additional keywords. horology
 
Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
3. Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock
The clock not only tells time, it entertains and instructs by parading important figures in Austrian history at the chiming of the hour, with each hour represented by a particular person. See next photo for the key.
Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock - Key to the Hours image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 15, 2017
4. Die Ankeruhr / The Anchor Clock - Key to the Hours
Mounted on the wall directly above the marker, this plaque provides a key to the hours: I) Emperor Marcus Aurelius; II) Charlemagne; III) Duke Leopold VI; IV) Walther von der Vogelweide (Minstrel Poet); V) King Rudolf von Habsburg; VI) Hans Puchsbaum (Architect and Builder); VII) Emperor Maximilian I; VIII) Mayor Andreas von Liebenburg; IX) Count Rudiger von Starhemberg; X) Prince Eugen of Savoy; XI) Empress Maria Theresa; XII) Joseph Haydn (Composer). The first ten are accompanied by an Austrian folk tune, but Empress Maria Theresa is accompanied by a Mozart minuet, and Haydn is accompanied by one of his own pieces.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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Jul. 4, 2022