Old Town Square in Prague has special clock

Old Town Square in Prague has special clock

The Prague orloj or the Prague Astronomical clock is a medieval astronomic clock embedded on the southern wall of Old Town Hall in Old Town Square. A truly remarkable clock, it has a clock mechanism with three main components:  an astronomical dial representing the movement of the Sun and the Moon in the sky, "The Walk of the Apostles" which is an hourly show of figures of the apostles, and an intriguing figure of death, represented as a skeleton striking the time. 

A third component is made by a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.  The clock is surrounded by the statues of several apostles.

Local legend has it that the clock should never be neglected, otherwise it will make the city pay. Legend also tells that the only hope was a boy born during the New Year's Eve. 

The oldest part of the Orloj is the mechanical clock and the astronomical dial. These were basically the parts of the clock when it was first erected. It dates back to 1410 when clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel created it.  

But the first time we hear about this clock was on October 9, 1410.   Allegedly, around October that year, the dial was added and the gothic sculptures as well. 

The clock was repaired by Jan Taborský, a master clockmaker, in 1552, a little more than 100 years later. Since then, the clock and the clockwork have suffered some breaking and repairing throughout all of its history.

During the Prague uprising, the clock suffered a lot of damage.  This was on May 7 and especially May 8, 1945.  The Nazis fired against the southwest side of the Old Time Square in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the historical heritage that represented the uprising.  

Presently, the clock is being renovated in order to preserve it. This started in July 2017 and it ends in 2018. 

 

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