An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.
|Bourges Cathedral||The Astronomical Clock of Bourges cathedral dates back to 1424 and was made by the canon and mathematician Jean Furosis. The clock is made of a tower holding two clocks, painted red and decorated with flowers, shields and golden lines.|
|Chartres Cathedral||The Chartres astronomical clock in Chartres Cathedral is an astrolabe clock, installed in 1528. It was overhauled, its mechanism replaced by an electric mechanism, in 2009. (wiki)|
|Dubrovnik||The Dubrovnik Bell Tower constructed in 1444 has housed a clock since its creation, though due to earthquake damage, both the tower and the clock were replaced in 1929. A rotating moon ball shows the lunar phase. (wiki)|
|Lyon||The Lyon astronomical clock in Lyon Cathedral was constructed in 1661, replacing a 14th-century original. It has an astrolabe dial and a calendar dial. (wiki)|
|Lübeck||The astronomical clock of St. Mary's Church, constructed 1561–1566, was destroyed in the bombing of Lübeck in 1942. The present clock is a replacement by Paul Behrens, installed in 1967. (wiki)|
|Mantua and Sabbioneta||Astronomical clock was installed in 1473 in the Torre dell'Orologio of the Palazzo della Ragione. (wiki)|
|Maritime Greenwich||In the Royal Observatory|
|Old City of Berne||Zytglogge, with a 15th century astronomical clock|
|Prague||On the southern wall of Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square, installed in 1410|
|Riga||The clock on the facade of the House of the Blackheads shows the time, date, month, day of the week, and lunar phase (wiki)|
|Roskilde Cathedral||St. George clock|
|Stralsund and Wismar||From 14th century in St. Nicholas Church, Stralsund|
|Strasbourg||The Strasbourg astronomical clock is the third clock housed in Strasbourg Cathedral, following 14th-century and 16th-century predecessors. Constructed by Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué from 1838 to 1843, it shows many astronomical and calendrical functions (including what is thought to be the first complete mechanization of the computus needed to compute Easter) and several automata. (wiki)|
|Valletta||The clock of the Grandmaster's Palace, installed in 1745, shows the hour, date, month, and lunar phase, and has bells struck by four jacquemarts (wiki)|
|Venice and its Lagoon||St Mark's|
|Versailles||The Passemant astronomical clock in the Palace of Versailles near Paris is a rococo astronomical clock sitting on a formal low marble base. It took 12 years for a clockmaker and an engineer to build and was presented to Louis XV in 1754.|
Do you know of another WHS we could connect to Astronomical clocks?
A connection should:
- Not be "self evident"
- Link at least 3 different sites
- Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
- Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
- Be explained, with reference to a source