Photo album "Сlock in the shape of Reims Cathedral" to the 810th anniversary of the first cut of the spade

For many centuries, the Reims Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, has amazed us with its impecable harmony of proportions and a breathtaking, soaring silhouette. Previously, it was believed that Albéric de Humbert, Archbishop of Reims, laid the foundation stone for the new cathedral on May 6, 1211, exactly one year after the fire. Modern researchers believe that construction began in 1207 or 1208. One way or another, there is a great reason to examine in detail the musical mantel clock in the shape of Reims Cathedral stored in the museum “Collection” exposition.

Musical mantel automaton clock in the shape of Reims Cathedral, created circa 1835, is a reduced "copy" of the western facade of Reims Cathedral. It is double-sided, that is, the facade is repeated in front and on the rear side. In place of the rose-window, typical of Gothic cathedrals, which is the semantic and visual center of the facade composition, there are dials; numbers in Arabic script indicate hours.

The layout of the facade is detailed, but does not convey all abundance of the sculptural decoration of the archetype: in Reims Cathedral, architecture and sculpture are inseparable from each other and form the integrated dynamic stone surface. However, the clock from the museum exposition is equal to the prototype in terms of flamboyancy: the combination of patinated bronze, mahogany and gilded elements makes it luxurious and even precious supplement to any interior. This clock is equipped with half an hour chime and musical movement turns on every hour or optionally and can play eight melodies.

We invite you to look at the photos of the mantel clock and the Reims Cathedral; compare and contrast their similarities and differences.