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Astronomic Clock

Heilbronn / Heilbronn Sights / Astronomic Clock


Astronomic Clock


 It is the one Heilbronn sight of which the most pictures are taken and which attracts the largest number of visitors.


Created in 1580 by Isaak Habrecht, its inner circle indicates the seven days of the week, represented by the celestial bodies Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. The months are shown in the centre circle by means of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Days, weeks and months are indicated in the outer circle by thin gold leaf lines. Above the chronometer (centre) you may find a moon chart, over which the quarter-hour bell is located.

 On the full hour, the display of time
 is accompanied by the sound of
 mechanical chimes.
 The elaborate three-part frame of
 the clock was designed by Hans Kurz,
 the master builder of the Renaissance
 period city hall.
 His self-portrait may be found right
 above the main entrance.
 Various moving figures are incorporated
 into the ornate mechanism of the clock.
 An angel stands to the left and right
 and both turn around just before the
 hourly chime.
 The angel on the right blows a trumpet
 while the angel on the left turns an
 hourglass and counts the chimes by
 moving the sceptre.
 Two golden rams stand opposite each
 other under the clock. They meet on
 every hourly strike and butt their heads
 together. 
 Between 8 am and 8 pm, the cock
 
crows every four hours. 
 A masterpiece that Isaak Habrecht only
 created once on the Strasbourg minster.

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