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Astronomical Clock of Besancon Cathedral

Rue du Chapitre, 25000, Besancon, France
+33 3 81 81 12 76
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Great visit

I highly recommend the 30min visit, only 2€ and very informative, you get to know all from this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Thomas R
via mobile
Just poke your head in the door

The clock is lovely and I am sure justifies closer attention than I paid it. But today all one... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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Built between 1858 and 1860 by Auguste Lucien Vérité, the astronomical clock 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. Open: > Tours at 9.50 a.m., 10.50 a.m., 11.50 a.m., 2.50 p.m., 3.50 p.m., 4.50 p.m., 5.50 p.m. Closed: > Tuesdays. > Wednesdays form 1st October to 31st March. > January. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Rue du Chapitre, 25000, Besancon, France
+33 3 81 81 12 76
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend the 30min visit, only 2€ and very informative, you get to know all from this piece of art and engineering

Thank Thomas R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The clock is lovely and I am sure justifies closer attention than I paid it. But today all one really needs is Google.

1  Thank pauln690
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This clock reminded me of the astronomical clock in Strasbourg, except that you can get much closer to the inner workings of this one. Terrific details.

Thank AmeriEuroMan
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This clock is almost hidden on the side of the Cathedral of St John. We were there when it's operation was explained in French ( we do not understand French) however an English document was given to us to read. There is a small fee....More

1  Thank davidu2219
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Every 10 minutes before the hour you can enter and will be introduced to this incredible specimen of historical craftsmenship. Dozens of time-related elements are worked with great dedication into the clock, that has dozens of round displays. Nice to see.

1  Thank Paul D
Reviewed 31 July 2016

This is a beautiful clock with superb details. Unlike in many locations, you can get very close to it to examine. Well worth the visit - check out the rest of the beautiful cathedral at the same time.

1  Thank Katri80
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Extraordinary piece of engineering. Would have liked to her something about it but the guide who was in full flow in french ignored us completely.

Thank alivealiveo
Reviewed 4 June 2016

We walked all the way up to the cathedral and the to the entry of the actual clock entry door only to read a notice in French , which we worked out , it was telling us it was closed on Tuesday, and today was...More

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 17 May 2016

I have never seen anything like this! How interesting can a clock be? Well, this one blows every other clock out of the water! It tracks over 200 different 'times', including tides, moon phases, holy days, etc. Built over 200 years ago, and it is...More

Thank finlandadventures
Reviewed 6 May 2016

This clock is perfectly functional and it is still used for actuating the bells. It's a mechanic watch with 7 weights. These weights must be lifted twice per day. It could technically hold for one day but it's safer and less tiring to do it...More

Thank Alex A
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