Ankeruhr, Vienna

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  • The Ankeruhr at the Hoher Markt.
    The Ankeruhr at the Hoher Markt.
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    Ankeruhr and Hoher Markt

    by toonsarah Written Jul 5, 2014

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    The Hoher Markt is Vienna’s oldest square, a medieval market place and before that the site of a Roman palace where the Emperor Marcus Aurelius died. But it is hard to appreciate its great age today as it is for the most part fairly plain and surrounded by post-war buildings. But there are a couple of much more characterful sights worth seeing here.

    The Art Nouveau Ankeruhr, the Anker Clock, dates from 1911-1914 and was the work of the painter and sculptor Franz von Matsch. It bridges two buildings belonging to the Anker Insurance Company (hence the name) in the Hoher Markt. Each hour one of the twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge. Every day at noon, all of the figures parade, each accompanied by music from its own era. We came past several times but never managed to be here at noon, unfortunately, but I still enjoyed peering up to see the current figure. It would be good to be here in December too, as during the Advent season the figures also parade daily at 5.00 and 6.00 pm, accompanied by Christmas carols. The figures include a number of kings and queens, Joseph Hayden and others – see photo three for the complete list.

    Elsewhere in the Hoher Markt (which means Haymarket) is a large fountain, the Vermählungsbrunnen. This ornate marble and bronze piece dates from 1732 and is dedicated to the wedding of Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph. The base on which they stand is covered by a canopy in the traditional style of Jewish weddings, and our friend pointed out that it was fortunate that the fountain escaped destruction by the Nazis, who failed to spot the Jewish symbolism. Unfortunately for photographers, the statues are covered in the netting used copiously here in Vienna to afford protection from the mess of pigeons, so are hard to capture effectively on camera.

    Also here is a Roman Museum where you can see some of the ancient ruins of the military camp, as well as artefacts recovered here and a video depicting life in Roman Vindobona. We didn’t visit this however so I have no review – for now at least!

    Next tip: that annoying netting!

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    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 2, 2013

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    The Anchor Clock was built between 1911 and 1917 after plan of the painter Franz von Matsch. The clock is designed in typical Art Nouveau style and is situated on the oldest sity square Hoher Markt.
    The clock is forming a bridge in between two parts of the Anker Insurance Comapany's building. It is adornet with mosaic ornaments and in the course of 12 hours, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge, among them, Joseph Haydn, Empress Maria Theresia, Prince Eugen of Savoya, medieval lyric Walter von der Vogelwide, etc.
    Every day at noon all figures parade accompaigned by the music. Ankeruhr is one of the tourist emblems of the town, offering special special kind of spectacle every day at noon.

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    The attraction of the Hoher Markt.

    by breughel Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    By itself the Hoher Markt is not the nicest square of Vienna but it has two remarkable monuments: the Ankeruhr and the fountain "Vermählungsbrunnen".

    The Ankeruhr, fully restored in 2005, is the attraction of the Hoher Markt. And it is a really surprising realization of the Art Nouveau - Jugendstil period.

    The word "Anker", meaning anchor in German, is that of the insurance company (presently Helvetia) that bought at the end of the 19th c. parcels of this corner of the Hoher Markt to make it the "Ankerhof" seat of the company.
    The bridge 7.5 m wide joining two buildings was decorated between 1911 and 1917 with a clock ( 4 m wide) built after the plans of the painter Franz von Matsch. The clock itself is adorned with mosaic ornaments. In the course of 12 hours, twelve figures or pairs of figures from the history of Vienna move across the bridge. Every day at noon, all figures parade accompanied by music from the various eras. This is the moment for the tourists to be on the Hoher Markt.
    Special is the fact that minutes and hours move on a horizontal scale.
    Before WW II, when the clock was damaged, the music was played by an organ with 1000 pipes (ref. doc. from Helvetia C°). Now the music is that from a record made in a Vienna church in 1978.

    The Ankeruhr at the Hoher Markt.
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    Vermählungsbrunnen - Wedding Fountain.

    by breughel Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    The Wedding Fountain - Vermählungsbrunnen on the Hoher Markt close to the Ankeruhr is dedicated to the marriage of Jesus parents, Mary and Joseph. The statues of Mary, Joseph and the high priest stand on a pedestal in the middle; at the projections of the pedestal stand four angels and Corinthian columns supporting a baldachin.

    Inaugurated in 1732 and built by Emanuel Fischer von Erlach the monument consists mainly of white marble figures by the Venetian sculptor Antonio Corradini and bronze. Before, between 1706 and 1725, there was a sculpture made of wood of Mary's marriage.

    In 1732 the fountain was connected by a pipe to the river Alserbach. Damaged by bombing in 1944, the fountain has been restored in the years 1950 to 1955.
    The magnificent mansions and palaces around the square were also destroyed in World War II. What was once a beautiful square in the K & K-time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy is now not so interesting except the Ankeruhr.

    The Wedding fountain at the Hoher Markt.
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    Anker clock

    by Raimix Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Anker clock is not as old as it looked to me from first sight. It was designed in 1917, in Art Noveau style. 12 historical figures move across that clock, in an hour time one historical figure can be showed. These figures are Maria Theresa, Joseph Haydn and more famous personalities.

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    Altes Rathaus

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Feb 8, 2010

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    Vienna's Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) served the city's civic needs from 1309 until 1888. Presenting a rather drab facade to the street, it would be easy to just take a cursory look at the Baroque facade ( a later addition to this mediaeval building) and move on but to do so would be to miss the inner courtyard with its lovely bronze Andromeda Fountain, the work of sculptor Georg Raphael Donner in 1714, showing Perseus on his winged steed, Pegasus, flying to the rescue of the nymph as she struggles to escape the water-spouting sea monster.

    A passage leads to the Salvatorkapelle, a late 13th century chapel. Even if the chapel is closed (and it often is) it's worth coming here to admire the doorway, an Renaissance portal in the (unusual-in-Vienna) Italianate style.

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    Anchor Clock

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 30, 2009

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    Between the two buildings of the Anchor Insurance Company, in the heart of the Hoher Markt, stands the famed Ankeruhr, or Anchor Clock. Designed by celebrated Viennese painter Franz von Matsch, it was completed in 1917. At noon, it chimes and displays historical figures from Austria's history. It's a unique piece of work, one of Vienna little oddities.

    The Ankeruhr, or Anchor Clock It's between two buildings
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    Ankeruhr, the clock

    by Inguuna Updated Jan 24, 2007

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    Ankeruhr – which is the name of this clock – was build at the past century's beginning and is classified as typical art-nouveau figure. The clock is richly decorated with very nice symbols and figures. There are 12 figures which one can see every hour by one, only at midday they can be seen all together. The figures are closely connected with history, there are Marcus Aurelius, Joseph Haydn and many other.

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    Anker Uhr

    by morgenhund Written Nov 26, 2006

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    The Anker Uhr - so called because it was paid for by the Anker-Versicherungsgesellschaft (Anker insurance - now Helvetia) is located on Vienna's oldest square - the Hoher Markt. It portrays twelve historical characters - ranging from Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor when Vindobona (Vienna) was first a Roman settlement, through to Joseph Haydn. The clock strikes every quarter of an hour with a special "display" on the striking of the hours. It is a very popular attraction with tourists and worth timing your visit to see it strike the hour.

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    Ankeruhr

    by brazwhazz Updated Apr 17, 2006

    Built by Franz von Matsch in 1911, the Ankeruhr (Anchor Clock) is a tribute to historical figures of Austrian history. It forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company building.

    Everyday at noon, a flock of tourists gather at Hohermarkt square for the Ankeruhr's unique spectacle: twelve historical figures, including Joseph Haydn, Empress Maria-Theresa and even Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, each representing an hour of the day, succeed each other on a background of glockenspiel music. The music changes with each character to match their era. If you understand German, Wikipedia has the details about each figure and its corresponding music: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankeruhr.

    The whole procession takes about 10 minutes. It is a good idea to arrive some 10-15 minutes in advance to get an unobstructed view.

    11 o'clock: Empress Maria-Theresa
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    Altes Rathaus

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    This complex of buildings used to be the property of Otto and Haymo of Neuburg. It was confiscated in 1309 when the German brothers comspired to overthrow the Habsburgs. Until 1883 the buildings were used as the city hall or Rathaus. The entrance is decorated with beautiful ornamental ironwork. Nowadays the building houses offices and shops. There is also the Austrain Resistance Archive, which is open monday, wednesday and thursday. A minority of the Austrians resisted Hitler's takeover of the country in 1938 and here is an exhibition about them.
    Sorry but I have to replace my old photos next visit!

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    Anker Clock in Hoher Market

    by Paul2001 Written Feb 12, 2004

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    While wandering around the Hoher Market section of central Vienna one has to take in the Anker Clock. The wonderful clock was designed in 1914 by Franz Matsch. Each hour a cutout figure, significant people in the history of Vienna such as Mozart and Marcus Aurelius, march out around the face of the clock. At noon all twelve figure proceed around the clock. This draws lots of tourists. Take note when photographing this clock. I stood virtually in city traffic to take this shot so be careful if you want to take a photo.
    The clock sits on a bridge between two buildings that are owned by the Anker Insurance Company.

    Anker Clock in Hoher Market
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    Ankeruhr ~ Anker Clock

    by Audrey118 Updated Jul 4, 2003

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    Nearby to the fountain, is the famous Anker Clock. You should get there at 12 noon to see the variety of statues representing important Austrian historical personages march out.

    it is located near the Anker insurance company, over a Gothic arch. The arch itself is also lovely to look at. And nearby is the wedding - nuptial fountain.

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