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

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Rendez-vous at the Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Besançon Horloge astronomique de la Cathédrale de Besançon 25000 Besançon fr

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