Prague Astronomical Clock
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Czech Republic)
Prague Astronomical Clock was first installed in 1410. It is also known as Prague Orloj Astronomical Clock. Travelers can find the Prague Astronomical Wall Clock fixed on the southern side of the Old Town Hall, which is near Old Town Square. To house the clock’s mechanical parts, a stone chamber was also built near it. It may intrigue the tourists that the Prague Astronomical Clock does not sit alone- it also has a calendar and an astronomical desk.
Prague Astronomical Clock History
Prague Astronomical Clock is around 600 years ago and it is the oldest clock in use. This clock is the most iconic landmarks of the Czech Republic. Various tales are attached to the creation of this clock. One is that the clock was built by Hanus who was an experienced clock master and was appointed by the members of the council to produce a clock which not only shows time but has other unique features as well. The councilors were also worried that Hanus might not produce a similar piece in other cities as well as they wanted the clock to be the icon of Czech Republic. So, they decided to injure his eyes by filling it with chunks of iron and made him blind. In order to retaliate, Hanus made the clock halt. It is said that after about 100 years the clock was brought to life again. As per another tale, the clock was built by the Mikuláš of Kada? with the help of an astronomer and a university teacher Jan Sindel.
The famous “The Walk Of Apostles” is a clockwork show, in which different figurines of Apostles move. One of the most notable is the skeleton, a figure of death, which strikes the time. Other than that, in the calendar dial, one can find beautiful medallions, representing different months. According to locals, the Prague Astronomical Clock Legend is that the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and the smooth operation is in trouble.
The Prague Astronomical Clock tours are available on various online portals. One can either take the tour of the entire city which also includes a boat cruise across the Vltava River. If one just wants to visit the Prague astronomical clock, then they can take a walking tour around the Old Town Square.
The famous Astronomical Clock Prague has hourly shows of the Apostles Parades, which is quite entertaining for the tourists. The clock represents the position of the Sun and Moon. It is an attraction which is very popular among tourists. One can also learn about the Prague Astronomical Clock history and also how the clock actually works on the tour of Old town Hall. One can easily spend a few hours observing the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock Tower Prague Czech Republic.
One can rent segway and e-scooter to get around the area. One can also join the culture tours, heritage tours, cruises and water tours to keep busy throughout the day. One can even enjoy the nightlife near the Astronomical Clock after touring around the tower all day. Astronomical Clock Tower Prague is one of the busiest tourist spots in the city.
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FAQ's of Prague
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Can one buy mini clocks at the souvenir shop?
Yes, one can find replicas of the clock.
Are there any restaurants available nearby?
Yes, there are many restaurants and food stalls available inside and outside near Old Town Square.
When was the astronomical clock invented?
The astronomical clock was invented on 9th October, 1410.
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