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St. Mary’s Church in Rostock, Germany

The Rostock Astronomical Clock (1472) was restored in 1643. It stands behind the altar and shows a procession of the Apostles around the figure of Christ everyday at noon. The clock displays the Sun, time of the day, zodiac, and phases of the Moon.

The clock was created by clockmaker Hans Düringer, who was the author of a similar clock in Gdańsk, Germany. The authorities were going to blind him so he could never duplicate it. He escaped to Rostock, where he could build this clock.

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