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10 clock towers to spend some time with

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Männleinlaufen on the Frauenkirche, Nuremberg

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Mannleinlaufen, Frauenkirche, Nuremberg

This clock sits on the spire of the Gothic-style Frauenkirche church in the German city of Nuremberg. The timepiece itself displays the hour and also shows the current lunar cycle. Each day at noon, seven electors or "running men" (hence the name "Männleinlaufen") march around a statue of the emperor Karl IV, also known as Charles IV, who once led the Holy Roman Empire. The scene recalls the so-called Golden Bull, the 14th-century constitution for the Holy Roman Empire.