Strasbourg Cathedral Astronomic Clock

David Davies

Weymouth, Canada

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While chatting with Lilian Marshall earlier on this evening I mentioned that there is a terrific astronomic clock in Strasbourg Cathedral but that I had failed to get a decent picture of it even though I lived only a half hour away for eight years. This got me thinking and on digging through my French portfolio I found one that is actually not bad. Lilian, I hope you see this.

(Wikipedia) The Strasbourg astronomical clock is located in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame of Strasbourg, Alsace, France. It is the third clock on that spot and dates from the time of the first French possession of the city (1681–1870). The first clock had been built in the 14th century, the second in the 16th century, when Strasbourg was a Free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire.

The current, third clock dates from 1843. Its main features, besides the automata, are a perpetual calendar (including a computus), an orrery (planetary dial), a display of the real position of the Sun and the Moon, and solar and lunar eclipses. The main attraction is the procession of the life-size figures of Christ and the Apostles which occurs every day at 12:30pm, that is at noon clock time. The walkabout also occurs at midnight clock time.

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