Project 365: Day 278 – The astronomical clock of Prague

5th April 2015 – Prague, Czech Republic

In the middle of a hippy, happy old town,
Death waves his dainty little hourglass.
The 12 apostles and a Turk appear, all announcing
That yet another sordid hour has come to pass.
old town, clock, prague, czech republic

Not exactly astronomical proportions, this one – Prague, Czech republic.

There is one spectacular tourist occurrence that happens every hour in the old town. I couldn’t see it the last few days, so I went to see it today.

The Astronomical clock is located on side of the old town hall, and everyday, at every hour, people throng around this wall to see the hour pass. It was supposed to be a spectacular sight, so I went too.

Turns out I was going to be disappointed. But only because my expectations were sky-high. In the end, when the clock struck 4 pm, out came 12 apostles, and a rooster. And the chiming ended with a turk popping out of the clock window. And that was it.

Well, not really, but the above is all you see. What most of the tourists dont understand, and dont appreciate, is the fact that this particular clock shows not just the current time. It also shows a 12 month calendar, the placement of sun and moon in Zodiac, phase of the moon, times of sunrise and sunset, length of the night, and a plethora of other data. All in one small clock.

But nevertheless, all that people generally notice, is death waving an hourglass every hour.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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