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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux
    Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Besançon - © Centre des monuments nationaux
  • © Centre des monuments nationaux
    Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Besançon - © Centre des monuments nationaux

    Rendez-vous at the Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Besançon

    Actuation of the automata on each tour

    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 information: calendars, the tides in 8 ports, eclipses… Visitors can look all around the clock and see its interior mechanisms.

    Opening times

     

    • Open
      - Tours at 9.50 a.m., 10.50 a.m., 11.50 a.m., 2.50 p.m., 3.50 p.m., 4.50 p.m., 5.50 p.m.
    • Closed
      - Tuesdays
      - Wednesdays form 1st October to 31st March
      - January
      - 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December

    Practical information

     

    • Guided tour: French
    • Maximum group size without splitting up: 20 people

    Rates

     

    • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people) 2,80 €
    • Adults 3 €
    • Concessions 2,50 €
    • Free admission: minors under 18*
    • Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
      * excluding school groups

    Access

     

    • From the center of the city, the Cathedral is located near the “Porte Noire” and the Castan Square, to the Citadelle
    • The astronomical clock is on the ground floor of the bell-tower

    Contact

    Cathédrale de Besançon
    Rue du Chapitre
    25000 Besançon
    tel. : (33) (0)3 81 81 12 76

 
 
    tagged as : French Cities, Culture & Heritage, 25-Doubs, Franche-Comté, Monument/Sculpture