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Built between 1858 and 1860 by Auguste Lucien Vérité, the astronomical clock has a precise and complex mechanism consisting of over 30,000 parts and 11 movements. Worked by weights, some operate chimes and automata. The 57 faces provide a lot of...more
We enjoyed seeing this clock - a beautiful piece with amazing detail. Guide did not speak English but there was an information piece in English that told us everything we needed to know. If you visit at the top of the hour, you can see...More
You will never get closer to an increidble feat of mid 1800's engineering. This clock accurately times everything from time, date, leap years, moon cycles, eclipses, tide cycles and more. All driven off pendulums and weights. One of the dials only changes every 250 years,...More
This piece is an absolute masterpiece, even if you don't find the inner workings of a watch or clock intriguing at all. It is housed in the Besancon Cathedral and was made around 1860. Definitely worth seeing. Take the time and walk around the clock...More
This clock is almost hidden on the side of the Cathedral of St John. We were there when it's operation was explained in French ( we do not understand French) however an English document was given to us to read. There is a small fee....More
Every 10 minutes before the hour you can enter and will be introduced to this incredible specimen of historical craftsmenship. Dozens of time-related elements are worked with great dedication into the clock, that has dozens of round displays. Nice to see.