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"Astronomical Clock" Astronomical Clock Tip by littlesam1

Astronomical Clock, Prague: 163 reviews and 260 photos

  Astronomical Clock
by littlesam1

One of Pragues most famous sights is the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. There are many legends and stories about the astronomical clock. Some are true and some are doubtful. The original construction of the clock was in 1410. The clock has undergone repairs and additions over the years. It was severly damaged by Nazi fire during World War II. The Nazi's completely burned the Town Hall and almost totally destroyed the clock. It was restored to its current condition by the citizens of Prague after the war.

Everytime the clock has been repaired or renovated there have been new additions added to it. Originally the clock had no moving statues or characters, which attract the crowds today. It was built strictly for its astronomical data.

It is definatly something to see. But I could not understand all of the excitement by the crowds of tourists that gather each hour for its display. I took my turn one afternoon like all tourists and came away less than inpressed. The clock itself is a marvel. The hourly display is a let down.

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

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 28, 2004
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