"Astronomical Clock" Astronomical Clock Tip by bpwillet

Astronomical Clock, Prague: 163 reviews and 260 photos

  Hanus's Astronomical Clock-Old Town Hall
by bpwillet

This is a masterpiece, riddled with story and tons of eye candy! The first clock was placed in the town hall tower in 1410 by Mikulas of Kadane. It was refined by Master Hanus in 1490. The story goes that he was blinded so he would be unable to complete any other clock in its likeness. It is also kind of like a large "cookoo clock" of sorts. On the hour the skeletal figure rings a bell and the 12 apostles come into view from inside the clocks starry doors. The clock itself represents many different time telling themes. It wasn't intended to tell the time but to imitate the orbits of the sun and moon around the earth. There is a ring of Arabic numerals and Roman numerals, the blue dial represents daylight. The sun is represented how it moves through the zodiac signs. The circle below the clock shows the calendar with paintings depicting seasonal Bohemian life.

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

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 14, 2004
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