Friday, August 31, 2012

Clocks: Prague's Astronomical Clock

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Astronomical Clock
Prague, Czech Republic
Topic: Clocks

GPS: N50° 05.216; E014° 25.244

Quick Description: 

This most intricate and fantastic clock is a Prague icon.

Long Description:

The Astronomical Clock is mounted on the wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square of Prague. The clock mechanism is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky, "The Walk of the Apostles", an hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time, and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

The oldest part of the clock and astronomical dial dates back to 1410. It was made by Mikuláš of Kadan and Jan Šindel. Around 1490, the calendar dial was added and clock facade decorated with gothic sculptures. In the 17th century moving statues were added. Figures of the Apostles were added after major repair in 1865-1866.

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