"Old Town Hall - Astronomical Clock (Orloj)" Old-Town Hall Tip by bambino36
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The first clock of the Town Hall dates back to the beginning of the 15th century. According to the legend, Clock maker Hanu? (Jan Ruse), in 1490 was made blind by the city council to prevent him from making a more beautiful work of art elsewhere.
The image of the Universe adopted by the clock maker had Earth fixed in the center. The purpose of the clock wasn't to give the hours, but to represent the supposed Sun and Moon orbits around Earth.
The clock attracts a huge crowd, especially just before the hour, when the twelve apostles march past. The skeleton on the right, depicting Death, starts the show by pulling on a string with his right hand. In the meantime he looks at his other hand, in which he holds an hourglass. After this, two windows open, from where the apostles march, leaded by St. Peter. At this time, a cock crows. Other figures: Heathenism, represented by a turk, moves his head from one side to another, Vanity looks at herself on a mirror and Parsimony.
Below the astronomical clock is a calendar. The calendar shows the days of the year together with symbolic pictures of the months of the year.
Address: Starometska radnice, Starometske namesti.
Directions: Old-Town Square
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