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Zimmer Tower, Lier

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The Zimmer tower is a tower in Lier, Belgium, also known as the Cornelius tower, that was originally a keep of Lier's fourteenth century city fortifications. In 1930, astronomer and clockmaker Louis Zimmer built the Jubilee Clock, which is displayed on the front of the tower.The tower was built no later than 1425 though the precise date of construction is unknown. In 1812 the tower was sold by the municipal authorities, but after World War I, they repurchased it and slated it for demolition. However, in 1928 clockmaker Louis Zimmer presented to city, his work, the anniversary, which consists of 12 clocks encircling a central one with 57 dials. These clocks showed time on all continents, phases of the moons, times of tides and many other periodic phenomena. It was decided to place this new design in the old tower, which had to be substantially reconstructed for this. In honor of the astronomer they renamed the tower the Zimmer tower.In 1960 a pavilion for the new clock was built next to the tower to present Zimmer's masterpiece the wonder-clock. . Around one of these dials moves the slowest pointer in the world - its complete revolution will take 25800 years, which corresponds to the period of the precession of the Earth's axis. Subsequently Zimmer attached to the clocks a mechanical planetarium. The wonder-clocks impressed Albert Einstein, who congratulated Zimmer with the creation of these unusual mechanisms.
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  • the citiest most famous tower. It's located at a cozy square where you have drink and a snack! not for from the Antwerp, Ideal for a day trip  more »
  • The Zimmer tower looks very attractive from the outside. The museum about time measurement is alright. Inside the tower one finds one floor where tides and times are kept of places around the world. T...  more »
  • There is a wonderful clock in the Zimmer Square in Lier. The Centenary clock has one large dial in the centre (1.5 m diameter). This dial shows the exact time (GMT+1, during daylight saving time GMT+2...  more »
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  • worth a visit
  • Great place for anyone with an interest in timekeeping, engineering, or astronomy.
  • The icon of Lier is a must see where you easy can lose time from one of the many outdoor cafes in the area.
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  • Special Tower. An icon of the city.
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  • Well worth to visit this tower during a visit to Lier
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