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The Timewheel (Időkerék)

The Timewheel (Hungarian: Időkerék) is one of the world's largest hourglasses, situated in Budapest next to City Park, right of Heroes' Square and behind the Palace of Art (Műcsarnok), on the site of a former statue of Lenin that now stands in Memento Park.[1] It is made of granite, steel, and glass, and weighs 60 tons. The "sand" (actually glass granules) flows from the upper to the lower glass chamber for one year.[2][3]

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 accomplished by four people pulling cables, and takes roughly 45 minutes to complete. The Timewheel was unveiled on 1 May 2004 to commemorate the historic enlargement of the European Union that admitted Hungary (along with nine other countries) to the EU.[citation needed]

János Herner designed and built the Timewheel after an architectural design done by István Janáky.[4]


  1. ^ "City Park Budapest". A View On Cities. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ Lonely Planet "timewheel"
  3. ^ Atlas Obscura: TimeWheel
  4. ^ Ermengem, Kristiaan Van. "City Park, Budapest". A View On Cities. Retrieved 10 April 2019.

Coordinates: 47°30′46.05″N 19°4′48.98″E / 47.5127917°N 19.0802722°E / 47.5127917; 19.0802722