In our modern times, s seeing skyscrapers and buildings reaching up to the sky is perfectly normal. They became ordinary structures at this time. On the other hand, in the past, it was a magnificent phenomenon. Towers were so captivating although they were found in so many countries. This 360-Degree video is featuring an amazing scenery of The Albert Memorial Clock. It is a clock tower in Northern Ireland- in Queen’s Square in Belfast in particular. This tower has been around since the 19th century, becoming a remarkable landmark of the city. It may look a bit similar to the popular clock of Big Ben, but it has a whole different history.
History of the Albert Memorial Clock
In fact, it is commonly known as the Albert Clock. The tower came into being thanks to a competition that took place in 1865. That competition was for designing a memorial to Prince Albert- the late Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. W. J. Barre was the winner of that competition; he also happened to design the Belfast’s Ulster Hall earlier. Although winning the first place in the competition, Barre did not receive his award. Instead, those who came in second place secretly tool the prize until a public uproar made its way to the matter. Afterward, Barre eventually received his award and the construction began. The completion of the Albert Clock has finally taken place in 1869.
The Beginning of the Construction
Fitzpatrick Brothers Builders were the ones to start the construction of Albert Clock back in 1865. The style of the clock is Gothic and mixing between the French and Italian. Albert Clock, in fact, stands on wooden piles on a land around the River Farset. Above and beyond, the base of the tower displays floating ramparts along with lions. On the western side of the tower, you can find a statue of the Prince standing. SF Lynn was the designer who brought this sculpture into being. Francis Moore of High Street was the one who built the clock built into the tower.
Albert Clock through the Years
When the tower first erected, it had a notorious reputation for being frequently visited by prostitutes. That’s because the docks were close to the clock, so prostitutes had way with the sailors who visited the area. However, that did not last to the modern times due to the developments that took place. The surrounding Queen’s Square, as well as Custom’s House Square, were turned into modern public spaces. This area is now full of fountains, sculptures, and trees.
However, things have taken a spiral downward back in 1992. In January 1992, a bomb explosion by a Provisional Irish Republican Army damaged the clock. Besides, heavy passing traffic and other elements worsened the damage. However, a restoration project repaired the damage and it was back to being normal in 2002. The restoration made the wooden bases and the foundation much stronger. They even replaced the decaying parts, cleaning the entire tower, making it better than it was.