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An amazing clock in Copenhagen

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Since a few of us soon will be wandering the streets of Copenhagen here is an amazing clock that caught my fancy on an earlier trip......

Jens Olsen's World Clock or Verdensur is an advanced astronomical clock which is displayed in Copenhagen City Hall.

The clock was designed and calculated by Jens Olsen who was a skilled locksmith, but later learned the trade of clockmaking. He also took part in the beginning of the clock's construction, but died in 1945, 10 years before the clock was completed.

The clock consists of 12 movements which together have over 14,000 parts. The clock is mechanical and must be wound once a week. Displays include lunar and solar eclipses, positions of the stellar bodies, and a perpetual calendar, in addition to the time. The fastest gear completes a revolution each ten seconds, and the slowest will have completed a full circuit every 25,753 years.

The calculations for the clock were made up until 1928, after which they were supervised by the astronomer Professor Elis Strömgren. The drawings for the clock were made between 1934 and 1936, and the actual production of the clock took place from 1943 until 1955. The clock was started on December 15, 1955 by King Frederick IX and Jens Olsen's youngest grandchild Birgit.

This site which seems to be down now had a nice story about the restoration of it...

http://www.ateliera.dk/olsen.htm

Here a bunch of photos to gaze at.... and add this to your list of things to see next time your in DK.....

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ElgaKoster

Amazing!

The link about the restoration worked for me.

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