The Astronomical Clock

This incredible clock, built by Auguste-Lucien Vérité in the late 19th century in Saint John’s Cathedral, is considered a masterpiece of the genre. It has 30,000 moving parts and shows 122 indications that are all interdependent (times, dates, seasons, lengths of day and night, the time of day at 20 locations around the world, number of lunar and solar eclipses, signs of the zodiac, date of Easter (epact: age of the moon on 1 January of each year, indicated by the number of days to be added to the lunar year to make it consistent with the solar year), dates and times of tides, solar time, solstices…
It took two years to build and three years of adjustments and improvements before it was “set into motion”.

  • Languages spoken : English
  • Chèques Vacances acceptés

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TELEPHONE 1 : 03 81 81 12 76

Plus d'informations

Constructed by Auguste-Lucien Vérité from 1858 to 1860, the Astronomical Clock is graced with a precise and complex mechanism of 30,000 parts and 11 movements. Driven by weights, some of which serve as animations such as chiming and moving characters. Its 57 dials supply various information (calendar date, planet movements, tide times, etc.).

Dates et horaires

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Days closed : Tuesday, Wednesday

Practical information

Recorded as a Classification Historical Monument : Yes

Guided tours : Yes

Audio-guided tours : No

Free visit : Yes

Guided tours for school parties : Booking required


Location details : Town centre, Besançon and surroundings, Doubs, Loue and Dessoubre Valleys, Besançon Loue Lison, Doubs, Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Nearest station : gare viotte


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Group price for children Forfait groupe scolaire et parascolaire : 20 € €
Price for groups 2.80 €
Price per adult 2,5 €
Price per child Gratuit €

Détail critères prix mini/maxi : Gratuit de 18 à 25 ans ressortissant Union Européenne et enseignants en activité - | 3 €

Methods of payment : Travellers cheques, Cheques, Cash


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