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The Cathedral of Saint John in Besançon: Catalogued as an historical monument in 1991, the astronomical clock of the cathedral of Saint John was conceived and built by the mechanic-clockmaker Auguste-Lucien Vérité from 1858 to 1860. The mechanism runs two hourly dials (external and internal) as well as two chimes. It is made up of 30,000 pieces, running 57 functioning dials with a single movement, which give 122 different kinds of independent information, such as the hour of the day, the date, the season, the sign of the zodiac, the dates of solar eclipses, and the phases of the moon. The upper part of the clock is adorned with moving figures that are activated every hour and portray biblical scenes.
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