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Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock (Staroměstská radnice s orlojem)

Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock (Staroměstská radnice s orlojem)

The Old Town Hall was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town administration. The oldest part of the complex consists of a beautiful Gothic tower with a bay chapel and a unique astronomical clock – known as the Orloj – where, every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the twelve apostles appear. The Gothic Revival eastern wing of the Town Hall was destroyed during the Prague Uprising on May 8, 1945 and was never rebuilt. The guided tour includes the historical halls, the tower and the underground areas. According to a legend by Jirásek, the astronomical clock was built by master Hanuš. After the completion, Prague councilmen had him blinded in order to prevent him from building a copy. Master Hanuš took his revenge by stopping the astronomical clock. In fact, the astronomical clock really did stop in 1865, and there was a risk that it would be removed. Luckily, Prague watchmaker Ludvík Hainz managed to repair the mechanism, and he became its caretaker together with his descendants.The astronomical clock is made up of three parts: at the top, there are mechanical figures. Every hour from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., 12 apostles, each carrying his attribute, appear in the two windows below the small roof. In the left window, viewed from the visitors, the first to appear is St. Peter with a key, then St. Matthew with an axe, St. John with a chalice, St. Andrew with an X-shaped cross, St. Philip with a cross. St. James with a washboard, and in the right window, it is St. Paul with a book, St. Thomas with a spear, St. Simon with a saw, St. Thaddeus with boards, St. Bartholomew with leather, St. Barnabas with a scroll.

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Evaristo Buendia Carrera23-Apr-2017 16:33
Que belleza ..!! V
Graeme29-Mar-2017 10:10
Amazing capture of this famous clock, Jose. There are so many interesting parts to it.BV!!!
gerard belbeoch15-Mar-2017 09:58
Bien belle cette horloge
Ton T.14-Mar-2017 18:05
Amazing! Great image V
Dennis Hoyne14-Mar-2017 03:49
This is so interesting! A fine photo and I love the historical information. V.
Nirvan Hope14-Mar-2017 00:46
Such a fascinating clock!
fotabug13-Mar-2017 23:20
Wonderful and amazing clock! V
Chris Morton13-Mar-2017 22:40
a fine shot of one of my favourites (from photos, have only ever had odd hours in Prague train-plane)
Neil Marcus13-Mar-2017 22:16
Wonderful details to see here.
Carter Creek13-Mar-2017 21:47
Well done.v
Dave Berry13-Mar-2017 21:42
Make that BV!
Dave Berry13-Mar-2017 21:41
That's amazing! Wonderful catch! BY!
laine13-Mar-2017 21:32
A wonderful beautiful. V
Martin Lamoon13-Mar-2017 21:30
Great clock, well captured Jose.
Jola Dziubinska13-Mar-2017 21:12
Beautiful clocks! V.
Jim Coffman13-Mar-2017 21:09
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