Cathédrale de Besançon et son horloge astronomique

Actuation of the automata on each tour.

Built between 1858 and 1860 by Auguste Lucien Vérité, the astronomical clock has a precise and complex mechanism consisting of over 30,000 parts and 11 movements. Worked by weights, some operate chimes and automata. The 57 faces provide a lot of information: calendars, the tides in 8 ports, eclipses… Visitors can look all around the clock and see its interior mechanisms.

New in 2016 : the treasure of the cathedral will be open to visitors and a documentary film on the steeple of the cathedral will be offered.

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> Guided tour
Duration: 30 min
Maximum group size without splitting up
20 people

Practical information


Besançon Horloge astronomique de la cathédrale de Besançon
rue du Châpitre
25000 Besançon
Ph. : (33) 03 81 81 12 76Fax : (33) 03 81 81 12 76
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 47.2378Longitude : 6.0241Plan your route

By car

From A36 (Beaune-Mulhouse), exit n°4 to reach the city center of Besançon.


Useful addresses: 

Besançon Tourist office
Groups Department:
tel.: (33) (0) 3 81 80 92 69

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