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Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic

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Distance from city center: 2.1mi
szbogi's pictureby szbogi History & Culture travel tip
added on the 5th of October, 2010
One of the most beautiful buildings in Prague is the Old Town Hall, but it's architectural beauty looses it's importance when you first glance at the 15th century Astronomical Clock. This special clock does not show the hour and minutes, but moon phases, seasons, Christian holidays and even equinoxes. It's great.

In every hour there is an interesting and not very 21st century performance going on. Two door open in the clock and 4 medieval symbols of evil start to shake and dance under the quaint supervision of the 12 holy apostles. The 4 evil persons include a Turk and a Jew, this latter is now politely called Greed. :)

Old Town Square 1/3, 110 00 Prague 1-Old Town, Czech Republic

About $3 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Dox Center for Contemporary ArtGolden Lane in Prague
evike14's picture
evike14 wrote on Oct 5, 2010 20:05:
According to the creepy legend, Master Hanus, the architect of the clock was blinded by the Council of the City in order not to be able to make something so wonderful again.
To take revenge, Hanus threw himself into the clock and died, making his work inoperable for more than a hundred years.Reply
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