Bell-Ringing Angel

© Jean B. Hall

Bell-Ringing Angel

Uploaded: October 20, 2008

Description

This charming cherub exhibits his musical talents every day on the famous astronomical clock at Strasbourg Cathedral (just across the border from Germany, in the Alsace region of France).

At 12:30, during the mid-day spectacular, he rings his bell, while a fellow-angel turns an hourglass. Meanwhile animated figures representing the ages of man parade before Death, and the Apostles pass in front of Chirst.

The current clock (the third to adorn the cathedral) was built between 1838 and 1842 and is considered a mathematical marvel. It not only shows the official time, but the solar time, day of the week, month, and year. It also indicates leap years and equinoxes, plus the sign of the zodiac, phase of the moon, and position of several planets. And it could make the complicated calculations to determine the date of Easter in an age when computers had not yet been invented!



Comments

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. October 20, 2008

THIS IMAGE IS GREAT HERE.

KARU. #1020053

Jean B. Hall October 20, 2008

Thanks so much, Karu. #6628195

Patti Coblentz October 20, 2008

You bring us such history and great stories in your photographs! Very beautiful. Patti #6629732

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 20, 2008

lovely capture! #6630183

Jean B. Hall October 21, 2008

Thank you so much, Patricia and Stefania. Your thoughtful comments are much appreciated. #6630712

Sheryl A. Hudson level-deluxe November 06, 2008

Beautifully seen and captured Jean! Great light and comp! #6718949

Jean B. Hall November 07, 2008

Thanks, Sheryl. I thought this little angel was just darling. I had square stickers made our of this photo to put on a few of my Christmas cards. They came out great! #6721670

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