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"The Astronomical clock (Orloj)" Astronomical Clock Tip by pili

Astronomical Clock, Prague: 163 reviews and 260 photos

  The Astronomical clock (Orloj)
by pili

The clock dates from the beginning of the 15th century. It is situated on the Old town hall in the Old Town Square (Stare Mesto) and was heavily damaged in the May uprising in 1945. It was repaired again in 1948 by V. Sucharda in which new statues of the apostles were created.-
Now the top part of the clock is known as "The Walk of the Apostles" and is the show part of the clock. Every hour on the hour - Death, represented by a skeleton, rings a bell. Then the windows open and the Christian Apostles march by. The windows close, a golden cockerel crows (ok! THIS IS THE BEST PART) , and then the chimes of the hour can be heard. All of this is accompanied by a Turk playing a flute, a Miser shaking his cane and watching his bag, and Vanity admiring himself in a mirror.
The middle section is the oldest part, which is the astronomical dial. This is the original section and remains exactly as it was in 1410. It shows the planets, sun, moon, and stars moving around the earth. At the time it was built, the prevailing belief was that the heavens revolved around the earth. Nevertheless, it is extremely precise with this view, and the position of the stars, planets, and sun in relation to the earth and each other indicates the time of day and the day of the year.-
The lowest section of the clock is the calendar dial, which was added in 1870. It consists of 12 medallions representing the months of the year and the 12 medallions of the zodiac. -

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

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  • Updated Nov 17, 2003
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