Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 43 – # 33 Old Timer

on June 2, 2016


Orloj, is mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall in the town square in Prague in the Czech Republic.  The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating.

The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork  hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy and a ghost, mounted on the clock, was supposed to nod his head in confirmation. Based on the legend, the only hope was represented by a boy born in the New Year’s night.


15 responses to “Week 43 – # 33 Old Timer

  1. Thanks for the history’s nd a great photo.

  2. Beautiful shots and history lesson. We saw something like this in one of the towns we visited but, it was not as intricate or beautiful!

  3. preed913 says:

    how beautiful it is!

  4. George says:

    The skill and craftsmanship is mind boggling – 600 years……..

  5. Nicely captured, wonderful local lore!

  6. I show this clock when I am teaching circles in geometry. The circles are tangent to each other.
    It is a famous landmark and most interesting with it’s statues and symbolism…glad you got to see it up close.Maybe someday I will too.

  7. Fantastic clock and folklore associated with it. Thank you for the background to a very interesting clock.

  8. donnagf1 says:

    Lovely pictured “old timers” — Saw the one in Prague several years ago but it is nice to have a detailed close-up!

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