It was an extraordinary experience to go up the Gros horloge. A lot of noises and exciting things to admire and to keep one excited and busy! Once you pay your entrance, you are lended an audio device. You click on the room number and a description comes on. The audio guide then leads you up and around. the narrow passage ways.
I had a much harder challenge photographing here. I tried my best to avoid flash so not to have a “whitish” look. It was much harder than photographing in the cathedral; the windows were few and and their light highly diffused. There were a few lights.
Here is a brief schema of the clock a belfry as seen from a diagram inside the tower:
The bling clock from behind a window…
The bottom slot tells the day. The symbol for Thursday (Jupiter), is up.
The lamb, symbol of the city of Rouen from behind the stained glass window.
An old machine, coupled with a film above it that featured the machine’s sound and movement!
A bird’s-eye view of the clock with another lamb on one of the clock hands.
Dramatic silhouette of the cogs with the light of a tiny window.
The numbers representing the hours, climbing the old bell chords( all is of course, electric in our day).
Old graffiti in the belfry (we saw two old ones and no modern ones!) This was written by a certain MOULIN in August 1821!
The three following photos were taken from the roof:
Mind the step as you go back down and do have a wonderful day.