Astronomical clocks are not your regular run-of-the-mill clocks. They are equipped with special dials and mechanisms to display astronomical information, like the positions of the sun, moon, the major planets and zodiacal constellations, in addition to the regular time of the day, which is why they are so named. There are some remarkable astronomical clocks all around the world. Let us take a look: Top 10 Remarkable Astronomical Clocks:

10. Horologium mirabile Lundense

Horologium mirabile Lundense

The Horologium mirabile Lundense is a 15th century astronomical clock in Lund Cathedral in Sweden. Constructed in circa 1380, in storage since 1837, and restored in 1923, it has two knights on the top to mark the hours. While its upper board is an astronomical clock, the lower board is a calendar, with the Patron Saint Lawrence in the centre, and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists by his side.

9. Wells Cathedral clock

Wells Cathedral clock

The Wells Cathedral clock, one of the most remarkable astronomical clocks, is in the north of Wells Cathedral in England. Its surviving mechanisms of 1386-1392, was replaced in the 19th century. It operates in the London Science Museum. Its dial gives a geocentric view of the universe, and the moon and sun revolve round the earth. Another dial with the same mechanism is on the outer wall.

8. Gros Horloge

Gros Horloge

The Gros Horloge in Normandy, France, is an astronomical clock in the 14th century. The clock, installed in a Renaissance arch crossing the Rue du Gros-Horloge in Rouen, and it has one of the oldest mechanisms in France. It displays the weekdays with artistic allegories at the base, along with phases of moon in an oculus. Originally constructed without a dial, the façade was added in 1529.

7. Prague astronomical clock

Prague astronomical clock

The Prague astronomical clock, also known as the Prague orloj, in Czech Republic, is the third oldest in the world and the oldest to be still working. Mounted on the wall of Old Town City in Prague since 1410, it has an astronomical dial, a mechanical clock, a calendar dial and Gothic structures, as well as the Walk of Apostles, and other moving statues along with details were added in different centuries.

6. Zytglogge tower clock

Zytglogge tower clock

The Zygtlogge tower in Bern Switzerland is a landmark medieval structure of the 13th century, and has two clock faces, and a remarkable astronomical clock of the 15th century. The dial of the astronomical clock is like an astrolabe, with the planisphere divided into three parts representing the sky at different hours. It has a Julian calendar dial, and represents zodiac, and has many such details.


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