Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 11, Day 3: Rouen (continued): Le Gros Horloge

Le Gros Horloge, or the Big Clock, of Rouen is unique in that the clockworks are in the belfry tower next to the arch on both sides of which are displayed the clock faces.  The astronomical clock dates from the 14th-16th centuries. It is beautifully embellished and restored. The belfry tower is open to the public and there is a very well done audio tour (in some of the photos you can see us listening to the tour.). The views from the various levels of the tower are wonderful! 
Christoforos in the room housing the clockworks

Rue du Gros Horloge. as seen from the belfry tower (Obviously, it's been closed to automobile traffic.)
Same view, too dark but I can't figure out how to edit the photo without Picasa!
Jacques in front of one of the bells

Rouen Cathédrale Nôtre Dame de Rouen, as seen from the top of the belfry tower (Note the overcast sky--typical Rouen)
A view looking in the other direction
Ch and Cathedral

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