Prague to Paris_Prague 4

Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock, or Prague Orloj, is a medieval instrument first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculpture.

The moving statues were added in the 17th Century – mirroring the fears and prejudices of the populace. Vanity losing a mirror … Greed represented by a Jewish money lender …. Death with an hourglass ….. Lust represented by a Turk with a mandolin.




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