Prague’s passage of time interrupted temporarily

Prague’s astronomical clock also known as the Orlog. // Prague, Czech Republic

For more than 600 years, one clock has been measuring the passage of time in the city of Prague. According to legend, the clock must keep running or the city will fall. This year, the clock stopped running, but fear not, it is simply being repaired by clockmaster Petr Skala. Repairs began in January of this year and it is scheduled to be back in order by the end of summer.
Considered one of the wonders of the world in the middle ages, the astronomical clock in front of the Old Town Hall in Prague is still one of the greatest treasures in the city. The clock, also called Orloj, dates back more than six centuries and is shrouded in mystery.
Legend has it that the clock was built by Master Hanus in 1490. City officials were so delighted with the clock that they feared Hanus would build one like it for another European city. One dark night, they had him blinded, ensuring the clock remained only in Prague.
In 1961, an old document revealed that the astronomical clock was actually built by Mikulas Kadan in 1410. It is believed he worked with astronomer and university professor Jan Sindel.
At the top of every hour, figures on the sides of the clock become animated and two windows open up to reveal 12 apostles greeting the city. A skeleton can be seen ringing a bell on one side of the clock, there is a Turk shaking head, a miser with a purse full of money and vanity looking in a mirror. The performance ends with the crowing of a golden rooster and the ringing of the huge bell at the top of the tower. It is said that at the first cock-crow in the morning, the ghosts and devils flee from Prague.
During repairs, the observation deck is still open to the public, but the clock will not be back in place until August 2018.


2 thoughts on “Prague’s passage of time interrupted temporarily

  1. Mr Hanus is supposed to rework the orloj in 1490 after the clock were made by Mikulas from Kadan 1402-10 or something like this :-).

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    1. An interesting history. Thanks! It appears that the Kadan information was discovered in 1961.

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