Sheltered in the cathedral, the astronomical clock is a historic jewel. In 1354, the clock of the three kings, about twelve meters high, was placed in front of the current clock. As early as 1547, at the present location, a second clock was built thanks to the collaboration of watchmakers, mathematicians, painters and sculptors. Shortly before the French Revolution, it stopped working. The renovation of the current clock mechanism dates back to 1842. The city entrusts the restoration of the clock to Jean Baptiste Schwilgué, a self-taught Strasbourg engineer (his portrait is behind the coat of arms of the city next to a lion). It is a real reconstruction that he undertakes, keeping only the Renaissance style buffet. Much more than time, this clock indicates the day, month, year, lunar phase and position of planets. What attracts the most is the automaton that animates it on several levels, including the four ages of life that ring the quarters in front of the Death which it rings the hours. The days of the week are represented by deities sitting on their tanks. The clock went up every Monday by a watchmaker. Every day at 12.30 p. m., all the automates are set up. A magic moment to discover and rediscover!
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