The Astronomical Clock is also known as the town hall clock. Situated in the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock is the most iconic and popular part of the square. The tower dates back to 1338 and the clock was installed in the early part of the 15th century.
The Astronomical Clock is unique because of the amazing features that it has PLUS the fact that it was made about 700 years ago, makes it even more amazing. Here are the features…
The Walk of the Apostles at Astronomical Clock
Every hour on the hour, there will be a show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures. Take a look at the video…
The Walk of the Apostles – Astronomical Clock
The show ends with a rooster crow, much to the amusement and delight of the audience.
Thereafter, a trumpeter will appear at the top of the tower to announce to the city (on all 4 sides of the tower), that it is the next hour has arrived.
Trumpeter of the Astronomical Clock
Astronomical Clock as as Calendar
Yes! It is true! Take a look at the picture here…
If you notice, on the outer most ring, there are days inscribed there. In this way, each and every single day of the year is displayed on this clock! All this while the clock ticks away, tells the time, moves the hands of the clock and the discs on the calendar!
The Astronomical Clock tells 3 different times! – The Astronomical Dial
Firstly, the position of the golden hand over the Roman numerals on the background indicates the time in local Prague time. Secondly, the position of the Sun over the curved golden lines indicates the time in unequal hours. Last but not least, the position of the golden hand over the outer ring indicates the hours passed after sunset in Old Czech Time.
Can you believe it?! This clock must have been designed by a genius!
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