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  • © Centre des monuments nationaux
     - © Centre des monuments nationaux
  • © Centre des monuments nationaux
     - © 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 of the Besançon Cathedrale (Franche-Comté) 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.

    Practical information

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

    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

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