The clock at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York City is a famous and iconic feature of the bustling transportation hub. Located on the 42nd St. side of Grand Central Terminal, the massive Tiffany timepiece is meticulously maintained and has become a beloved landmark, embodying the rich history and timeless appeal of Grand Central Terminal.
Did you know…?
- The Grand Central Tiffany Clock, which is considered one of the most famous clocks in the world, was installed in 1914.
- The clock is said to be accurate to within one second every 20 billion years. The clock is synched to the atomic clock at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. – also known as the US Naval Observatory Master Clock.
- The clock measures 13 feet in diameter.
- Above the Grand Central Tiffany Clock is magnificent sculpture titled “The Glory of Commerce”. It has three statues depicting three Roman deities – Mercury (in the middle), Minerva (right), and Hercules (left). Those deities were purposely chosen due to their association with travel and commerce – important elements of the transportation. Mercury (Hermes in Greek mythology) is the Roman deity of travelers and merchants; Hercules (Heracles in Greek mythology) is the god of strength and time; and Minerva (Athena in Greek mythology)is the goddess of wisdom and commerce.