The Clock Faces
Besides the clock, there is a “clock face” or planetarium of the planets showing the astrological symbols. And there are four, hour dials, one to each side of the tower. Above the planetarium there is a depiction of the moon divided into dark and “gold” phases which rotates mimicking the movement of the actual moon. It revolves once every twenty-nine days, twelve hours, etc. And closer to ground level there is a perpetual calendar clock with an angel pointing a spear at the day of the month of the year. It changes at midnight.
All these movements happen at noon to the sound of Schubert’s Ave Maria. It is truly breathtaking – but impossible to catch all that is happening at once unless you know where to look.
Be at the square early to get a good position to see all the movements. You can also take a tour of the bell tower for a reasonable fee of four euros, adult pricing (at current fees) and see the mechanical works behind the display. Open times vary so check before you go if this is on your wish list. The outside view is free!
*See and hear the lion in the video below.