This, surely, must be one of the most unusual clocks in Rome! It can be found in the courtyard of the Palazzo del Commendatore, which lies a stone's throw away from St Peter's Basilica.
The clock, which dates back to the early 19th century, sits at the centre of a shield surrounded by the hat and tassels of a cardinal. The clockface is divided into only six hours and the pointer takes the form of a lizard. The dial is encircled by an ouroboros (a snake swallowing its own tail), a common symbol of the cycles of time.
The palace was home to the governor of the Ospedale di Santo Spirito, one of the oldest hospitals in the world, and the dove of the Holy Spirit can be seen surmounting the clock
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