The best preserved astronomical clock
Also called the Old Town Astronomical Clock, it is a UNESCO heritage site and probably the best preserved astronomical clock at all. Their history dates back to 1410, when the oldest part of the clock, the mechanical clock machine and the astronomical dial were created under the hands of the clockmaster Nicholas of Kadan.
The Astronomical Clock is located on the eastern side of the Old Town Hall, which was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town Self-Government. In addition to Astronomical Clock, there is also a beautiful ghotic tower with a chapel. The extensive Romanesque-Ghotic underground of the town hall is also worth a visit.
At each hour, 12 statues of the apostels appear on the Astronomical Clock. The whole process ends with the grubbing of a giled cock and the sound of a huge bell at the top of the tower. In addition to the clock, there are eight more wooden statues on the clock. One of them is the moving sculpture of the skeleton, which, on the contrary, the whole process of the apostels movement begins by pulling behind the rope of the dying man.
Astronomical Clock shows in addition to date and time, astronomical cycles, Moon phases, Sun's position and Christian holidays. It's interesting that as a last clock in the world, it also measures the Babylonian and Old Bohemian times.
Opening hours of the Old Town Hall:
Monday: 11.00 – 19.00
Tuesday - Sunday: 09.00 – 19.00
Tower opened daily until 22.00
Old Town Hall with Prague Astronomical Clock
Staroměstské náměstí 1/3
Prague 1 - Old Town, 110 00