Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

 On their trip to Europe to partake in the annual Baselworld in Switzerland, Edward and Fainia visited various historical monuments and locations. One memorable sighting was the Strasbourg astronomical clock, which is located in the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Strasbourg, Alsace, France.

The first astronomical clock was erected between 1352-1354 and was known as the “Three Kings Clock”. It eventually stopped working and a new one began its construction in the 16th century and the project was completed in 1574. The clock was more detailed, convulated, and was known for its richness of its adornments. The second clock stopped working in 1788, stood in place until 1838, and construction lasted from 1838-1843.

Edward and Faina visited the third clock at the location which dates from the first French possession of the city. The astronomical clock features a perpetual calendar (computus), planetary dial, a real time display of the positioning of the sun and the moon, and solar and lunar eclipses.

A main attraction of the piece is the procession of 18 inch high figures of Jesus Christ and his Apostles. This event occurs every day at the half past midday while a life-size cock crows three times.