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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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  • Still the same as 30 years ago. No effort to make it fascinating or boring and not intelligibly, thereby more interesting after a few minutes. My kids were fed up and don't think they ever want to back
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  • The year of construction of the tower is not precise, but it dates to before 1425. The city authorities sold the Tower in 1812, but after the first world war they bought it in order to tear it down. In 1928, Louis Zimmer presented to Ivy city a watch mechanism (also called the clock of the Centennial Jubilee clock) with several dials showing the time, the cosmos and other periodic phenomena. It was then decided to host this clock in the Corneliustoren that was restored to this end. Since this tour is called Tower Zimmer. The inauguration took place on 29 June 1930 for the hundred years of the
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  • A beautiful old tower overlooking the river and a nice place friendly and pleasant one sunny day. Also, an interesting Museum worth a visit if you are already in the city.
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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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