A story about an Astronomical Clock!

The Astronomical Clock in Prague is AMAZING! It was installed in 1410 and is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest clock still working today! It has a funny little Czech name that I obviously can’t pronounce “Orloj” and is situated Old Town Square on the Old City Hall. If you haven’t got the picture by now…it’s OLD.

Even though the clock itself was really cool and to tell the astronomical time was impossible, the story behind the clock is very, very cool….

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Now, I am unsure if it’s true because on a tour we were never told it was a “legend” but my trusty Wikipedia source tells me that it is. The story goes however that the clockmaker made the clock, was very proud of the clock as was the rest of the town. The town didn’t ever want anyone else to have a clock like it so in order for the clockmaker to not replicate it, they blinded him. You know, as you do. However, this really pissed off the clockmaker so he decided to throw himself off the building, bringing down a part of the clock with him and no one was able to repair it for the next 100 years.

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On the hour every hour from 9am to 9pm the clock does a little show where a man stands on the top of the tower and does a little trumpet song while the little figures on the clock face do a little dance and the windows open and the 12 disciples come out and show off their goodies like keys and books and cool stuff. To finish it off a rooster comes out, does a tiny little crow, everyone who crowds the square clap and cheer in excitement and its over.

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If you go to Prague, definitely go see the little show on the hour. However, I think even if you tried to miss it, it would be impossible!

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