The Defender of Time

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  • What happens at 12am, 6pm and 10pm ?

    We won't tell you. Why don't you take a picture right on time ?

The place

Not far from the Pompidou Center, tucked away in an passageway called Quartier de l'Horloge (Clock Quarter), is the reason why the place is named that way : a strange mechanized clock by French artist Jacques Monestier.

A man on a rock, with a sword and a shield, fights every hour from 9am to 10pm, since 1979, one of three animals : a bird, a dragon and a crab, which symbolize the sky, the earth and the sea. The man's opponent is chosen randomly by the clock mechanism.

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