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Horloge Astronomique de la Cathédrale

Visite.org 25000 Besançon (Doubs)
The old public clock of Besançon stopped in the 19th century, and Cardinal Mathieu decided to have an astronomical clock built. F. Bernardin was first in charge of the project, but construction was slow. In 1858, the cardinal asked Auguste-Lucien Vérité, a clockmaker from Beauvais, to finish the work. The whole project was then redesigned and rebuilt. Only a few of the original clock parts were kept, as well as certain decorative elements which were redone. Two years later, in 1860, the clock was installed in the cathedral tower and presented to the public. Work on the clock nonetheless continued until 1863. In 1900, it was reorganised by F. Goudey and again restored in 1965-1966. With its 30,000 mechanical parts, 122 indications (hour, date, season, number of hours in the day and night, number of lunar and solar eclipses, etc.), automated figures and animated representation of the solar system, the Besançon clock is certainly a masterpiece. From a historical point of view, it was built between the clock of Strasbourg (1842) and that of Beauvais (1868), which was also designed by Auguste-Lucien Vérité.
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