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Timewheel, Budapest

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The Timewheel is one of the world's largest clepsammias, situated in Budapest next to City Park, right of Heroes' Square and behind the Palace of Art, on the site of a former statue of Lenin that now stands in Memento Park. It is made of granite, steel, and glass, and weighs 60 tons. The "sand" flows from the upper to the lower glass chamber for one year. The sand runs out on New Year's Eve and the Timewheel is then turned 180 degrees so the flow of the sand can resume for the next year. The turning is done by manual power using steel cables and it takes roughly 45 minutes for 4 people to complete the half turn. The Timewheel was unveiled on 1 May 2004 to commemorate the historic enlargement of the European Union that admitted Hungary to the EU.
The idea and the building of the Timewheel is marked by János Herner, the architectural design of the statue was done by István Janáky.
The Nima Sand Museum, which opened in 1991, also has a 1-year hourglass in Nima, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
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  • The Timewheel is about 300m southeast of Hoero's Square. It is one of the world's largest hourglasses, replacing a statue of Lenin (now standing in Memento Park). The wheel (by János Herne) is a...  more »
  • While it's not a big enough attraction to go out of your way to see, if you're already in City Park, it's a cool thing to check out! It's the world's largest hourglass, which should be called a...  more »
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  • Currently blocked at the minute by building work... Why couldn't they build around it?!
  • Could only see the top half of it, there is a lot of construction work going on, and the time wheel was behind a 9ft solid fence. So couldn’t really appreciate it.

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