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"The Skeleton on the Astronomical Clock" Old-Town Hall Tip by easyoar

Old-Town Hall, Prague: 153 reviews and 273 photos

  Death (skeleton) on the Astronomical Clock, Prague
by easyoar
  • Death (skeleton) on the Astronomical Clock, Prague - Prague
      Death (skeleton) on the Astronomical Clock, Prague
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  • Vanity and Greed on the Astronomical Clock, Prague - Prague
      Vanity and Greed on the Astronomical Clock, Prague
    by easyoar

Watch out for the figures on the Astronomical Clock. Some of them are only visible briefly when the clock strikes the hour, but there are also some that are always there but are easy to miss unless you look for them.

The skeleton is probably my favourite of these, you can see him here (well I assume it’s a he…). He represents death here and can be seen holding an hourglass (no doubt showing people they only have limited time left) and ringing a little bell (calling people to him?).

The four highest figures are (and some of them are remarkably non-politically correct): Vanity (which shows a man looking in a mirror), Greed (represented by a Jew holding a moneybag), Death (as described above) and Lust (symbolised by a Turk).

These figures are described as they appear either side of the clock, the first two on the left, and the second two on the right. My second picture shows the two on the left. All of this description can make the hourly chime sound quite spectacular, but most people that see it for the first time look a little shocked at how massively it has been hyped up considering how little actually happens. Still, it is free.

Address: Starometska radnice, Starometske namesti.
Directions: Old-Town Square
Phone: +420 775 400 052

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  • Written May 29, 2006
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