"Astronomical Clock (orloj in Czech)" Astronomical Clock Tip by el_ruso

Astronomical Clock, Prague: 163 reviews and 260 photos


The magnificent medieval "astronomical clock" on the tower of the Old Town's city hall is famous across the world. What you is a 1945 replica - the original, with the rest of the city hall, was burned down by the desperate Germans on the last day of the war.

Besides displaying time it offers a trip into a mindset of Medieval Europe. On the hour it starts moving, with little figures of apostles above and the four figures below that represented the greatest threats to the Prague residents in the view of its medieval rulers: Death (represented by a skeleton), Jewish moneylender (made to look less stereotypical in 1945), Vanity (represented by a German prince) and a Turk with a shaking head.

Address: Starometska radnice, Starometske namesti.
Directions: Old-Town Square

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 17, 2006
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