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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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  • Veselov Paker, a ruling that but la to true! The medieval town of Lier is beautifully preserved. Be sure to visit the Zimmerplein and the St. Cornelius Tower, popularly called the famous Zimmer Tower Lierse watchmaker Louis Zimmer. In the tower are unveiled the secrets of time and space. Visit the Pavilion next to the tower with the clock. Enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at Sister Agnes, a quiet Brasserie, near the Beguinage and named after the last Lierse Babu.
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  • The Zimmer Tower is one of the emblems of the city. It is on the route that is to be done in this city.
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  • Is much less curious to see this watch, I recommend reading before which means each of their areas.
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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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