WPC ‘Time’ : From Gothic to Modern

The Gothic styled Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg has the most fascinating clock I’ve ever seen. This eighteen metre high astronomical clock was completed in 1843 and is said to be extraordinarily accurate. This amazing clock does far more than tell the time, it also indicates solar time, with each day of the week being represented by a god of mythology. It also shows the month, the year, and the appropriate sign of the zodiac, as well as the phases of the moon and the position of several planets.

dscn4020There are many sculpted figurines which move around at different hours of the day, and if you happen to be there at half past midday, you will see all these automatons go into operation and start doing their thing. At the top you can see the representation of Christ, and underneath is Death himself.Β  Figurines representing the different stages of life; a child, a teenager, an adult and an old man, all pass in front ofΒ  Death. Above this, the apostles walk before Christ, accompanied by the sound of beating wings and the crowing of a rooster. Did you ever see a more ornate timepiece?


In stark contrast is my kitchen clock which for some strange reason, the people who bought our house insisted that we leave behind. I’m quite fond of it, but if the sale of the house depended on them having the clock too, I wasn’t going to argue.


Hope you’re having a great Tuesday. I’ve packed quite a few boxes and taken down and wrapped my paintings. The house is looking quite bare already.

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83 comments on “WPC ‘Time’ : From Gothic to Modern

  1. The Strasbourg clock certainly held my rapt attention, Sylvia. It is a shame that you were attached to your kitchen clock yet were asked to leave it. Hmmm. . . Hope your next home you may find a worthy replacement. Hope all is going splendidly, my dear friend. β™‘

  2. WOW…..I could stand and look at this kind of architectural artwork all day long. You can’t possibly see/absorb every little detail in just a look and move-on. The skills they had back then with none of the tooling we have today! Just stunning, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  3. You captured gothic to modern perfectly Sylvia. I’ve seen a similar clock somewhere here in the UK, I want to say York Cathedral, but not sure. Hmmm…will have to try and remember! Strasbourg is a place I’ve always wanted to visit…one day! πŸ™‚ xx

  4. The Cathedral clock is amazing! Imagine the work that went into building it.
    Some relatives of ours sold their house with the stipulation that they leave behind the master bedroom bedspread for the buyers. Strange indeed!

    • Yes it’s quite a thing and we have our son and his wife + 3 small grandchildren arriving to stay for four nights, leaving the day before we have to move out. We’re also moving into our half renovated house. πŸ˜…

  5. I imagine that would be fascinating to see the clock works. I would hope that last for a little while.

    Your clock although looks much simpler but I can understand why people wants it. It looks very attractive and I like that it has the hygrometer and the thermometer. They are nice to have.

  6. The Gothic clock is wonderful, Sylvia. They were such clever people to build it (what happened to all the great architects? Maybe the cost of these beautiful things eventually got in the way).

    Best of luck with the move and also the 87 sheets of dry wall! Yikes πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Dianne. Yes, times change and skills sadly get lost along the way. I’m sure it could be designed on a computer these days. I really don’t envy hubby all that work, but he’s not fazed at all. πŸ˜ƒ

  7. Clocks are one of my very favourite things and this one goes way beyond! Love that. I was going to suggest you just have them ship this one over to you, but thinking again…it’s now been done….you’re going to have to find something new to grace your new kitchen wall!

  8. We saw a clock in Rouen, France which told all the lunar and solar movements as well as the seasons. Aren’t they fascinating time pieces. This clock is very ornate. I’m guessing it was designed to educate people who couldn’t read. How strange that you would have to leave your clock behind. It’s not a fixture like an oven or a bathtub.

  9. Though you ex kitchen-clock was beautiful , you did the right thing leaving it behind to please the buyers……….
    The gothic clock is such a stunning sculpture! Thanks for this superb share!

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