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What an incredible machine

Go for the 11:40 tour, or the 2:40. Special animations happen at 12 noon and 3 pm that are worth... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
Denver, Colorado
Good visit

We enjoyed seeing this clock - a beautiful piece with amazing detail. Guide did not speak English... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama
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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
Rue du Chapitre, 25000, Besancon, France
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Go for the 11:40 tour, or the 2:40. Special animations happen at 12 noon and 3 pm that are worth seeing.

3  Thank Rsette
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

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

1  Thank HenderTravellers
Reviewed September 10, 2017

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

1  Thank CorneCapeTown
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend the 30min visit, only 2€ and very informative, you get to know all from this piece of art and engineering

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Reviewed July 28, 2017

The clock is lovely and I am sure justifies closer attention than I paid it. But today all one really needs is Google.

1  Thank pauln690
Reviewed January 9, 2017

This clock reminded me of the astronomical clock in Strasbourg, except that you can get much closer to the inner workings of this one. Terrific details.

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Reviewed August 26, 2016

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

1  Thank davidu2219
Reviewed August 21, 2016

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.

1  Thank Paul D
Reviewed July 30, 2016

This is a beautiful clock with superb details. Unlike in many locations, you can get very close to it to examine. Well worth the visit - check out the rest of the beautiful cathedral at the same time.

1  Thank Katri80
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