The astronomical clock is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Prague with a rich history: since 1410, it keeps secrets of the generations. Tragic fate of Master Hanuš Master Hanuš was one of the most well-known clockmakers of the time. According to the legend, Hanuš was chosen by Prague’s councilors to design a device that would serve as a clock but have additional valuable features. Hanuš presented his work to the councilors and they thought the machine was a true piece of art. However, they got scared that he’ll replicate the clock, stripping it off its uniqueness. Clock could show different times – the astronomical, Central European, Babylonian, and Old Bohemian. That is why the councilors decided that
It’s one of the most-seen locations in all of the Czech Republic, but for six months over the course of 2017 it will be closed to all visitors. Prague’s Old Town Hall, the tower on the corner of Old Town Square that boasts some of the best views of Old Town and also houses Prague’s world-renowned Astronomical Clock, will be undergoing lengthy repairs this year. From May to November, the location will be closed to all visitors. Tourists that typically gather outside the Hall to watch the hour change on the Astronomical Clock can expect to find scaffolding running up the length of the facade. While the Clock is expected to remain in operation during this time, it too will
In 2010, an impressive light display illuminated the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square. The reason? The clock was, as of 2010, 600 years old. The clock is massive and almost unbelievably beautiful; all the more so, for something that was constructed with the tools of the 15th century. When it chimes the hour, figures move. A bell rings. A little horn sounds. And the audience, watching raptly, applauds. The main body of the clock is a real challenge to read. The inner circle shows all the symbols of the zodiac. The outermost ring symbolizes the Tropic of Cancer, while the golden circle inside represents the Equator, and, inside that ring, another golden circle represents the Tropic of Capricorn.