"Time Marches On" Astronomical Clock Tip by ExGuyParis

Astronomical Clock, Prague: 163 reviews and 260 photos

  Tempis Fugit, and So Do Tourists
by ExGuyParis

Old Town Hall and its Famous Astronomical Clock (Staromestska radnice s orlojem)

Prague?s Town Hall was built in 1338. The tower dates from 1364, and a 1470 makeover shifted things to the Gothic style.

The clock dates from the beginning of the 15th century. Every hour on the hour, statues of the 12 apostles perform a little parade in the upper window. Twelve medallions, representing the signs of the zodiac, date from 1865. Although most of Prague was spared damage in WW I and II, the east wing of the Town Hall was destroyed on May 8, 1945, and was not rebuilt.

Open daily.
April through October: Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address: On the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí}
Directions: Look for the crowds gathering at about 5 of the hour.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2003
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