Astronomical Clock, Prague
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The extraordinary astronomical clock stands in Prague’s Old Town Square. The clock is an intricate 600-year-old piece of machinery called the Orloj. The colorful medieval clock is one of the most famous sights in Prague. Every whole hour, the square fills up with people wanting to admire how Jesus emerges with his apostles from the shutters above the clock. This ingenious timepiece shows the time and position of the sun and moon.
The story goes that the man who made the clock was eventually blinded by the client. This was to prevent him from replicating this beautiful clock anywhere else in the world. Nevertheless, a replica of this impressive clock now stands in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
De Astronomical Clock chimes in every hour and the statues are set in motion in a 45-second show.
Tips and Tricks!
Here are a few tips worth knowing before you visit the Astronomical Clock!
- Look at the people standing here every other hour. See the disappointed faces of the people who have been waiting for it for sometimes half an hour. It is not that special and within a minute ‘the show’ is over again. But it’s nice to have seen it once!
I spend one weekend in Prague.
Our appartement was on the other side of this magnificent clockwork.
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