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The famous Peacock Clock in St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum can be visited again

The Pavilion Hall of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has reopened for visitors after a six-week restoration.

The Peacock Clock at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.
The Peacock Clock at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. Image by Antonio Zugaldia / CC BY 2.0

Its most famous attraction, which can again be seen in its full glory, is the Peacock Clock, made by British jeweller James Cox in the 1770s and bought by Russian Empress Catherine the Great. The ornate timepiece-automaton is still in working order and features three life-sized mechanical golden birds – a peacock, a rooster and an owl – which are meant to move every hour. However, today the clock is only wound on certain days. The museum has released a YouTube video which demonstrates how the clock works to mark the reopening of the Pavilion Hall:

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