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Astronomical Clock

Prague, Czech Republic
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The Astronomical Clock is the oldest working clock of its kind in the world. It dates from the 15th century. One of the most popular legends regarding the clock is that a clockmaker named Master Hanuš was chosen by the councilors of Prague to construct a unique time measuring device that would have many other functions. After its completion, the councilors wanted the machine to stay unique. They were worried that the clockmaker could make a similar machine for another town. So they thought of a way to get rid of him. One night, a group of people broke into his house and blinded him. In return, Hanuš stopped the clockwork. Based on the legend, it took more than a century before the astronomical clock was in operation... Read More
The Astronomical Clock is the oldest working clock of its kind in the world. It dates from the 15th century. One of the most popular legends regarding the clock is that a clockmaker named Master Hanuš was chosen by the councilors of Prague to construct a unique time measuring device that would have many other functions. After its completion, the councilors wanted the machine to stay unique. They were worried that the clockmaker could make a similar machine for another town. So they thought of a way to get rid of him. One night, a group of people broke into his house and blinded him. In return, Hanuš stopped the clockwork. Based on the legend, it took more than a century before the astronomical clock was in operation again. A touristy, even though a bit underwhelming experience, is to join the crowd in front of the tower to watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles. On the hour, every hour, a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples while the skeleton of death tolls the bell to a defiant statue of a Turk.
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