Astronomical Clock

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The Astronomical Clock located on a side tower of the Old Town Hall (reasonably enough, on Old Town Square) is easy to find - just wait until a few minutes before the hour and look for a large group of tourists standing around waiting for something to happen! It also one of the most popular gathering places in Prague.Built in 1410 and thought of as an example of 15th century hi-tech device, projected with participation of math and astronomy professors at Prague University. The main dial is in principle mechanical astrolabe, showing not only the current time, but also the placement of Sun and Moon in Zodiac, phase of the moon, time of sunrise and sunset, length of astronomical night, time in old Bohemian hours, in unequal hours and other data. From gathering crowds, hardly anybody understands all the data that the astronomical dial displays.Then there is a slow-moving 12-month calendar with incredibly delicate, small figure paintings by 19th century Czech painter Josef Manes. Every day on the hour, the upper, glockenspiel-style section of the clock performs the same scene: Death waves an hourglass, the 12 apostles shuffle past small windows, and a rooster crows. After the hour strikes, a Turk wags his head.Long after the Turks had ceased to be a threat in Central Europe, their use as an allegorical figure in genre paintings and other art continued. The Czechs often sided with the Hungarians in various battles against increasing imperial power as exercised by the ruling Habsburg family over their dominions, and though the Turks never occupied Prague as they did Budapest, both countries' artists used 'the Turk' (a dark-complected figure, usually wearing a turban) to represent the dangers of the world, and especially threats to Christianity. In the astronomical clock, the Turk is meant to be the stranger.There is a legend about the clock that states the original master builder of its interior clockworks was blinded by the King who commissioned it after the work was completed so the mechanic could never build such a wonderful clock for someone else.

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Sun
9:00
18:00
Mon
11:00
18:00
Tue
9:00
18:00
Wed
9:00
18:00
Thu
9:00
18:00
Fri
9:00
18:00
Sat
9:00
18:00
About Astronomical Clock

 Old Town Square 1, Czech Republic

 +420 236 002 629

 http://www.orloj600let.cz

Astronomical Clock and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Charles Bridge(0.8 km)
The Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) connects the Old Town with Lesser Town.

Child Jesus of Prague

Child Jesus of Prague(1.2 km)
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Jan Hus monument

Jan Hus monument(0.1 km)
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Old Town Square

Old Town Square(0.1 km)
The Old Town Square is the center of Prague's eventful history, dating back to the 12th century when it started out as the central marketplace.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square(0.7 km)
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Municipal Hall

Municipal Hall(1 km)
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Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill(1.8 km)
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U Medvidku Beer Hall(0.5 km)
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