Nov 25, 2012 - All rights reserved - copyright © Frank Smout 20120812-_MG_3905-P Concertzaal Jezuïetenkerk . I love Belgium, it's a beautiful, quirky little country that's bursting with personality.Lier is a gorgeous little town and inside of it is this, delightfully eccentric clock tower.The tower is apparently part of the old fortifications from the 1400s and later around the 1800s an astronomer (Zimmer) decided he wanted to fit a clock face onto the side of it called the WonderKlok. Mounted on the 14th-century Zimmer Tower (all that is left of the city wall), the 13 dials of the Jubilee clock may be confusing, but at least you can easily check out the time of the day — on the middle dial. The tower is located on a cozy square... The western clock is not visible in the picture above, but it also displays the time of the day in a very similar fashion to the eastern clock. It contains 93 dials and 14 automatic machines. The clock will be back in place in August. The legendary giant's severed hand sits on Antwerp's popular shopping street. Belgium time zone and map with current time in the largest cities. Something I never seen before...if you are in the area, you should definitely go take a look. The clockmaker’s tour de force is 16 feet high and weighs over 4,500 Ibs. Discover The Zimmer Clock Tower and Museum in Lier, Belgium: A 14th century fortified keep showcases the masterpieces of a 20th century ingenious clockmaker. The astronomical clock has many circles, hands, and colors that indicate the time of day, phases of the moon, day of the week, day of the year, and position of the sun and stars. The tower’s gear mechanism takes up the entire second floor. In 1938 the clock was sent to the United States for the NewYork World Fair. According to the New York Times, some of the metal gears will be replaced by more authentic wooden ones, and the clock’s dials will be restored to their original beauty. Louis Zimmer, the clockmaker and astronomer, spent five years creating the Jubilee Clock and revealed it to the public in 1930 for the 100th anniversary of Belgium’s independence, hence the clock’s and tower’s monikers. Please practice hand-washing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. Download this stock image: The clock on Zimmer tower (Zimmertoren also Cornelius tower) in Lier, Belgium. It contains 93 dials, one of which, recording the period of precession of the Earth’s axis, holds the world record for slowest clock pointer. The Zimmer tower is a tower in Lier, Belgium, also known as the Cornelius tower, that was originally a keep of Lier's fourteenth century city fortifications. In 1960, the town dedicated a tower pavilion adjacent to the tower to accommodate Zimmer’s Astronomical Clock. The lower dial is a calendar; it notes the day of the week, the month, and the year. Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic. The clockmaker’s tour de force is 16 feet high and weighs over 4,500 Ibs. Other dials demonstrate the metonic cycle, solar cycle, lunar cycle, and zodiac among others. This includes personalizing content and advertising. Church. Residents of Lier, Belgium have merely to look towards the Zimmer Tower if they desire to learn the difference in minutes between the apparent solar time and the mean solar time. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. (It was built in 1410.) The patron of this extravagant Art Nouveau confection insisted that nothing less than a boat should project from its facade. The Jubilee Clock in Lier, Belgium. It takes the strength of three people to do so. The most accurate timepiece in the world. Louis Zimmer was born in Lier on September the 8th. The Church of Our Lady is open seven days a week. Although you don't like history, it's a nice place. It's just €4 to go to the museum. The clock chimes every hour. The oldest public clock in Paris is mounted on the city’s courthouse, La Conciergerie. There is no entry fee but donations are accepted. Belgium has its hidden charm. Mounted on the 14th-century Zimmer Tower (all that is left of the city wall), the 13 dials of the Jubilee clock may be confusing, but at least you can easily check out the time of the day — on the middle dial. Enjoy the view in good weather from one of the restaurants close by and be mesmerized by the beauty of the colours while listening to the carillion bells. Lier is the gem and the Zimmer Tower is the sparkle of that gem. Offer subject to change without notice. Entry fee is 4.50 EUR ($5.25). Jun 5, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Judy Vititoe. A small museum filled with over 1,000 clocks, and one particular clock calibrated to run until the year 9999. A clock designed to run with perfect accuracy for 10,000 years. You get to know wherefore every clock around stands. See. your own Pins on Pinterest To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. Once inside, climb to the top for one of the greatest views of the city. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. © 2020 Atlas Obscura. This masterpiece is 16 feet high and weighs over 4500 Ibs. Lier (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp.It is composed of the city of Lier proper and the village of Koningshooikt.The city center is surrounded by the river Nete, which also cuts through it.As of January 1, 2010, Lier had a total population of 33,930. In the photo above, the time displayed on the eastern clock face is 1:50 PM. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). Without astronomy and clockmaking knowledge, it is nearly impossible to fully understand how the astronomical clock functions. At St. Mary's Church , an astronomical clock of the 1580s, rebuilt in 1856 (and vandalized by the clockmaker), and restored in 1977. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. It will take 25,800 years to complete a full revolution. Stendal. The figures on both sides of the dial also move every hour. A dancing jester rings two bells and cues a parade of bears, Chronos turns over an hourglass and opens his mouth, and a gilded rooster raises its wings and crows to start the show. The current local time in Lier is 26 minutes ahead of apparent solar time. mobile app, The solar cycle and dominical letters (4), The eastern clock (the one above the astronomical clock on the eastern facade) indicates the time of the day. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. Sunrise, sunset, day length and solar time for Lier, Currently Central European Time (CET), UTC +1, Daylight saving time (Central European Summer Time (CEST), UTC +2) starts March 28, 2021. Lier is a gorgeous little town and inside of it is this, delightfully eccentric clock tower.

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