Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock



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The Astronomical Clock is probably Prague´s most famous sight. Crowds gather here every hour to watch the little performance-taking place on it. The legend tells that it’s maker, Master Hanuš of the Rose, was blinded as a reward for making the clock not to create another one somewhere else, however, the clock dates many years back. It was made already in 1410, however thanks to various reconstructions it became what it is today: a very complex device for time measurement. The golden hand indicates three different options of time measurement: Central European time, stellar time and the historic Old Bohemian time. This time is modelled on the Jewish time as it goes from dusk to dusk. Furthermore, according to this clock you can measure how the sun moves on the horizon, you can tell the phases of the moon, etc. The statues along the clock symbolize death and the three deadly vices: vanity - represented by the man with a mirror, evil - Jewish figure, as Jews were thought to be the impersonifications of all evils, and lust - a Turkish merchant. The lower clock, a calendar, comes from the year 1865 and was painted by the famous Czech painter Josef Manes. The pictures in the middle indicate a romanticized version of occupations of people in the Czech countryside in the 19th century.

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  1. Prague Castle
  2. St. Vitus Cathedral
  3. Strahov Monastery
  4. Schwarzenberg Palace
  5. Hradcany Square
  6. St. George Basilica
  7. Archbishop Palace
  8. Castle Gardens
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  11. St. Nicholas Church
  12. Infant Jesus of Prague
  13. Knights of Malta
  14. Lennon´s Wall
  15. Kampa Island
  16. Certovka Canal
  17. Charles Bridge
  18. Mozart & Prague
  19. King´s Coronation Way
  20. Clementinum
  21. Astronomical Clock
  22. Old Town Square
  23. Tyn Church
  24. Prague Cubism
  25. Powder Gate
  26. Old Town Bridge Tower
  27. Carolinum
  28. Old Jewish Cemetery
  29. Old New Synagogue
  30. Former Jewish Town Hall
  31. Jewish Ceremonial Hall
  32. Pinkas Synagogue
  33. Maisel Synagogue
  34. Spanish Synagogue
  35. Paris Street
  36. Franz Kafka House