The Prague Astronomical Clock

One of the most popular attractions in Prague is the Astronomical Clock or Prague Orioj.  Located in the Old Town Square the crowds flock to see the clock chime at the top of the hour.

Prague Orioj

Dating back to 1410 the clock consists of three parts: the astronomical dial that represents the positions of the sun and the moon, a calendar dial that shows the months and “The Walk of the Apostles” that moves every hour of moving sculptures showing the Apostles and Death who is represented as a skeleton.  It is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world,

There are various legends linked to the clock.  The most famous concerning the clockmaster Jan Růže.  The councillors of Prague were so impressed by the clock that they were worried that Růže would repeat his work elsewhere.  So they ordered that Růže should be blinded.  As an act of revenge Růže broke the clock and as a result it was left because nobody knew how to repair it.

As I said the clock is very popular with visitors especially at the top of the hour when the animated figures on the clock start moving.  Also a trumpeter will play a quick tune to each side of the clock tower.

Is the clock is worth seeing?  I believe it is worth viewing the movement once to say that you have witnessed it.

Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

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