The Prague Astronomical Clock. Prague is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The Clock is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square and is a popular tourist attraction. The oldest part of the Orloj, the mechanical clock and astronomical dial, dates back to 1410. The Clock 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; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. The four figures flanking the clock are set in motion at the hour, these represent four things that were despised at the time of the clock's making. From left to right in the photographs, the first is Vanity, represented by a figure admiring himself in a mirror. Next, a Jew holding a bag of gold represents greed or usury. Across the clock stands Death, a skeleton that strikes the time upon the hour. Finally, the infidel Turk wears the Turban.
January 9th, 2014
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