The Rostock Astronomical Clock was built in 1472 and restored in 1643. This historic timepiece stands behind the altar of St. Mary’s Church. This top half features a procession of the Apostles. They circle the figure of Christ everyday at noon. Just below it are hands displaying the time, zodiac, phases of the moon and sun. This masterpiece was created by clockmaker Hans Düringer. According to legend, after he created a similar clock in Gdańsk, Germany, the authorities were going to blind him so he could never duplicate it. Instead, he escaped to Rostock and was given sanctuary in exchange for building this clock. The inner clockworks are original.