Tower Clocks from Peru

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  1. Grant Perry

    Grant Perry Registered User

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    Hello,

    I was recently in Peru and had the opportunity to take some pictures of tower clocks. Unfortunately I was unable to gain access to the buildings to see the movements.

    The first two pictures are at the Central Train Station (Ferrocarril Central) just off of the Major Plaza in Colonial part of Lima.

    The second two pictures show a pair of clocks in the Catholic Church in the Main Plaza.

    The last two pictures show the tower clock which is in the Municipal Building in the Central Plaza of the town of Pisco. Pisco was very close to the epicentre of the 2007 earthquake. The church next to this building was totally destroyed in the earthquake and resulted in the death of 300 churchgoers. The Municipal Building is now considered unsafe and is closed.

     

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  2. Kevin W.

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    Interesting pictures Grant.So you would not know of any of the history of these clocks?
    Hope you had a good trip and glad to see you back.
     
  3. Grant Perry

    Grant Perry Registered User

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    Hi Kev,
    Sorry, no history.... Security was very tight as their President was in the area that day.. In addition, my grasp of the Spanish language leaves much to be desired :eek:.
    Grant
     
  4. DanJeffries

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    Great clocks, too bad you couldn't get in to see the movements. The municipal building has sparked my interest though, it does look like it is in poor shape. I'm pretty sure the tower clock would be a John Smith and Sons from Derby England. I have 4 exact same style sunburst dials that came with my John Smith and Sons from Derby England, that I acquired from Canada.
    The movments were just time and strike and they came with that standard dial pattern and Smith's sold them all over the world to put in municipal buildings, government offices, post offices, etc, almost like a government contract, but worldwide.
    My clock came out of a post office that was being torn down to be replaced with a more modern looking building.

    Anyhow, great clocks and I'm sure you had a great time in Peru! Thanks for sharing.
    Dan
     
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    Great pics and interesting read, thanks for sharing
     
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    Thanks for sharing Grant, the picture in the middle reminded me of a clock I saw in Bogota, Colombia a few years ago. I find it interesting they would have 2 clocks on the same building.
     

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  7. Grant Perry

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    It is great finding these things when you travel. :D
    I was wondering about the two clocks as well. I guess it was just for appearance.
    Here is another one with two towers and clocks from the Major Plaza in Cusco Peru…..
     

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