Prague Astronomical Clock

Yet another memorable astronomical clock of Europe is in the main square of the old town of Prague. A wonderful piece of engineering, it is the third oldest clock and the only one that functions well even today. It was installed in 1410.



The clock mechanism is interesting. It is composed of three main components:
The astronomical dial, which represents the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displays various astronomical details. “The Walk of the Apostles”, is a clockwork hourly dramatic show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures. One of them is a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time… warning everyone that they are an hour closer to death.

The third component is a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. Here is a short video of the clock.

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26 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    WOW! What an awesome clock and your captures are superb as always, Indrani! Such fascinating history! Thank you for the video as well! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Sylvia

  2. This is beautiful and so interesting. I have often wanted to visit Prague, and now I know that this is one place I want to visit.

  3. Isn't this fascinating! I remember spending a lot of time in front of the clock trying to figure out how it works. I have blogged about it last year. Cheers!

  4. Joop Zand says:

    Nice place in Prague…..good shots.

  5. Vaish says:

    I remember gathering with that 100's of people to watch the clock. They are amazing!

  6. That is one amazing clock, to be sure. Thanks for the story.

  7. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots of the astronomical clock.

  8. Wonderful. Nice to know that it is still working fine even today …

  9. Ebie says:

    This is so amazing! I love the chimes!

  10. roses says:

    classic…
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  11. kanak7 says:

    So very interesting Indrani. Wonderful to see these scenes from so far away.

  12. Leovi says:

    Yes, beautiful pictures with this ancient astronomical clock. Greetings.

  13. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, what a cool looking clock. I loved the video. It is wonderful to see all these amazing places you visited. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  14. A beautiful clock, and so old.

  15. Gattina says:

    Wow, what a phantastic clock ! Only the ding ding is a little disturbing, for the sound I prefer the Big Ben, lol !

  16. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots – such intricate machinery!

  17. Snap says:

    I love clocks … the older the better! This is wonderful!

  18. momto8 says:

    great pictures! I would love to be there to see it in person. thank for the history too.
    My daughter and son want to be engineers..they would appreciate this!

  19. Thank you for amazing photos and history!

  20. George says:

    You've managed to find some fascinating clocks, and this is another gem. But the video makes it look as if someone got some free advertising in place of one of the apostles.

  21. What a fascinating clock.

  22. every time I arrive here you have an very interesting well done story with photos and video…this is fascinating and so educational about our world.

  23. It's amazing the clock has been running for more than six centuries!

  24. Viola says:

    THIS one I would really like to see myself! Thanks for sharing the video clip! Lovely to see! 🙂

    Beautiful pictures! 🙂

  25. Rajesh says:

    Very interesting clock.

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