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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 (1888–1970) built the Jubilee (or Centenary) 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. (these wonder-clocks were prepared for the 1935 world exhibition in Brussels; later they were demonstrated in the U.S.). 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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  • Can we expect you such a clock in this small Flemish town, and say it was made by a watchmaker self-taught and offered to the city. What complexity to such precision
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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 »
  • A few kilometres from Antwerp is a cozy medieval town, Lier, and hidden on the homonymous square there is this spectacular Tower reminiscent of both the Prague astronomical clock, inside is a small but nice Museum on its Builder Louis Zimmer. Not to be missed.
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  • Great place for anyone with an interest in timekeeping, engineering, or astronomy.
  • Must see in Lier. Nice to see how well the town of history and here there in the middle ages there probably looked like with the River to the old port.
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  • If Lierenaar at heart this is got to be the pride of our city! Definitely worth a visit!
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  • Beautiful clock to see if you pass by the Belgium.
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  • August 2016: it remains "the" monument of Lier. Who in Lier, visit this place. (the Zimmerplein)
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