The Prague astronomical clock, installed in 1410. It is the world’s oldest astronomical clock still in operation. Black Hole – @konstructivizm
The mediaeval tower clock is located at the southern side of the Old Town Hall Tower. When the clock strikes the hour (from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.), the procession of the Twelve Apostles sets in motion. The Official Tourist Website for Prague
The parade of the Apostles is visible from the Old Town Square. If you want to see them better, we recommend you to buy a ticket to the Old Town Hall, where you can admire them from the tower´s chapel.
The legend also recounts that the author believed to be responsible for this masterpiece, Hanuš, was blinded by Prague Councillors when they discovered that he was making an even better clock for another city. The clock was repaired by Jan Taborský during the sixteenth century. Prague
Around the 12 disciples, there are four figures representing some of the capital vices, such as vanity, portrayed by a man looking at himself in the mirror, greed, illustrated by a man holding a moneybag, and a figure representing lust. There is also a sculpture of death, a skeleton that strikes the hour at the beginning of the parade.
The newest part of the clock, dating from 1865, is a Calendar Dial painted by Josef Mánes. It represents the months of the year. The Dial also has medallions with all the zodiac signs and the Prague Old Town symbol in the centre.
The Calendar Dial has four small sculptures that don’t move: a Philosopher, an Angel, an Astronomer and a Chronicler.
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