Prague astronomical clock
The Astronomical Clock in Prague is a famous astronomical clock located in the Old Town Hall of the Czech capital. The clock was first installed in 1410 and is one of the oldest working astronomical clocks in the world. It was designed by Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel and is a combination of an astronomical dial, a clock, and a calendar dial.
The clock is a complex mechanism that includes a variety of features. It features a rotating zodiacal ring and a number of dials that display the time, the date, and astronomical information like the positions of the planets, the sun and the moon. Every hour, the clock comes to life with a procession of figures that move in a circle around the clock, and a trumpeter who plays a trumpet from the tower.
The clock has become a symbol of Prague and a popular tourist attraction, with many visitors coming to see it every day. It is also a popular subject for photographs and other artwork. The clock has been featured on the Czech 1,000 koruna banknote since 1993.
The Astronomical Clock is a fascinating example of medieval engineering and a testament to the ingenuity of the people who designed it. It is a marvel that has stood the test of time and continues to delight and fascinate visitors to Prague.