9 Incredibly Beautiful Clocks In Paris

Clock, Paris | © choudoudou/Flickr
Clock, Paris | © choudoudou/Flickr
Photo of Arlan Smallwood
9 January 2017

Some of the best stories in Paris are told by the city’s striking clocks – you just have to look up! Intricate, ancient, and beautiful timepieces adorn many of Paris’ major monuments, and there are many more left to be discovered by those with a keen eye. Come along, as we explore some of the city’s most spellbinding clocks.

The oldest clock in Paris adorns the Conciergerie on Île de la Cité.

Oldest Clock in Paris, Palais de Justice | © Connie Ma/Flickr

It dates back to 1371 and has ticked away over the passing of several revolutions (including the beheading of Marie Antoinette), and continues to tell the time today.

Close-up, Palais de Justice Clock | © Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro/Flickr

This clock sits above the bedroom of King Louis XIV in Versailles. Look closely and you can see the Sun King sitting in the center of the timepiece.

Clock, Palace of Versailles | © Kristine Riskær/Flickr

The Marais has its fair share of ancient, gorgeous clocks, like this one at Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis church.

Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis in Le Marais | Courtesy Arlan Smallwood

This one sits quietly, overlooking Square George Cain.

Square George Cain park in Le Marais | © Arlan Smallwood

This ornate clock quietly decorates a local bank – no big deal.

LCL Bank on Boulevard des Italiens | Courtesy Arlan Smallwood

The Musée d’Orsay is famous for its clocks, which overlook the Seine, the Jardin de Tuileries and the Louvre.

Clock, Musée d'Orsay | © john and carolina/Flickr

Visitors standing behind the clocks can see all the way out to Montmartre and Sacré Coeur.

Looking through the Musée d'Orsay | © Fen Labalme/Flickr

This clock inside the museum begs the question: a work of art, or just dizzying?

Clock at the Musée d'Orsay | © JD/Flickr

Sometimes simplicity is the best.

Clock | © Jean-François Gornet/Flickr

But in the end, everyone just wants a little more time.

LCL Bank on Boulevard des Italiens | Courtesy Arlan Smallwood

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