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"The Astronomical Clock." Olomouc Things to Do Tip by Askla

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There are many astronomical clocks around the world but this one is something special with its socialistic look. The clock itself was constructed in the beginning of the 15 century. The local legend says 1419-22. The alcove where the clock now sits comes from an extension of the Town Hall which began in 1474. The original clock was "renewed and improved" during the first large-scale renovations carried out in the years 1573-75. The men for this project were Pavel Fabricius (a professor from the Vienna University and the personal astrologer to emperor Maximillian II) and Hans Pohl, a clockmaker from Olomouc.
The clock got its present look when Karel Svolinsky put his hand to the layout in the years 1947-55. This was preceded by the intentional destruction of the clock at the end of the Second World War.

On the large lower dial the outer ring is painted in 365 green and white stripes with a name on each one. Every day has its own patron saint and these 365 names are written in the green and white stripes.
You can also see some days highlighted in red. These are old communistic holidays.

The clock performs every hour during the day and evening.


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  • Updated Dec 12, 2012
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