Clock Towers”, which are among the most important architectural structures that people have been interested in throughout history, are considered as an urban culture. They are tower-shaped objects that are placed in public spaces and furnished with a clock or clocks of easily adjustable size to make it simple for people to tell the time as they move around the city. In many parts of the world, the view that clock towers are landmarks is dominant. The watch ashes' most crucial shared characteristic, which unites all of their distinctive and varied constructions with the remnants of the city in where they are located, is that they serve as historical witnesses. These unique structures, which were built at different times and are the symbols of cities, are accepted as a historical and cultural heritage Clock towers, which were first built in Europe in the 13th century and spread to the world, arouse admiration with their architectural features. These city decorations play an important role in social life at all times as meeting places and popular travel destinations for both domestic and international tourists. While discussing the historical development process and fundamental characteristics of clock towers as an urban element, this paper also evaluates in depth how two particular clock towers, each with unique missions and qualities, contributed to the urban phenomenon. For this purpose, the 600-year-old Prague Clock Tower, as one of the rarest examples of astronomical clock towers, and the Herne Bay Clock Tower, one of the oldest examples of independent clock towers in the world, which has witnessed a 180 -year history as a city symbol, were chosen.
Keywords: Urban Elements, Urban Furniture, Hour, Clock tower, Astronomical Clock, Prague Clock Tower, Herne Bay Clock Tower