Mar 12, 2012

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.




26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

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

The Sage Butterfly said...

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.

The Floating Clouds said...

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!

Joop Zand said...

Nice place in Prague.....good shots.

Vaish said...

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

SandyCarlson said...

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

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the astronomical clock.

Team G Square said...

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

Ebie said...

This is so amazing! I love the chimes!

roses said...

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magiceye said...

wow amazing!!

kanak7 said...

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

Leovi said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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!

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful clock, and so old.

Gattina said...

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

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots - such intricate machinery!

Snap said...

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

momto8 said...

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!

Vita Stunder said...

Thank you for amazing photos and history!

George said...

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.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a fascinating clock.

Island Rambles Blog said...

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.

EG CameraGirl said...

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

Viola said...

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

Beautiful pictures! :)

Rajesh said...

Very interesting clock.