Fixing famed PanthÃ©on clock turns into a restoration comedy
The Globe and Mail
February 23, 2008
PARIS -- The hands on the old clock in the PanthÃ©on are stuck at 10:49, seemingly as dead as the French heroes and luminaries who are buried far below in the building's 250-year-old crypt.
Tucked into a back corner, above a memorial plaque to the dead of the First World War, the 19th century clock has not marked the passage of time for more than 40 years.
But it's not for lack of trying.
In 2005, the venerable monument in the old Latin Quarter was invaded by a clandestine group of self-appointed restorers. They set up shop on a drafty catwalk by the rusted cast-iron gears and pulleys of the long-forgotten clock. Working at night, long after the PanthÃ©on doors had clanged shut, they secretly cleaned machinery and refurbished parts.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080223.CLOCK23/TPStory/?query=Untergunther