27. 8. 2014
Prague’s Old Town Astronomical Clock has been named one of the twelve most beautiful clocks in the world!
The majestic Philadelphia City Hall from 1901, San Francisco’s Ferry Building Market Place, which has survived two great earthquakes, and Zytglogge Tower in Switzerland – this is the company kept by Prague’s Old Town Astronomical Clock, which the American television channel CNN ranked as one of the twelve most impressive clocks in the world.
The astronomical clock, which dates back to 1410, is a one of Prague’s most popular historical monuments. CNN also highlighted the distinctive attributes of the statues of the Twelve Apostles. The dominant feature of this medieval astronomical clock is the clock-face, from which you can determine the current month and day as well as the zodiac, position of the sun and moon, phases of the moon and its position to the sun, and fixed Christian holidays. The Old Town Astronomical Clock is listed as a UNESCO cultural monument.
Other clocks on the list include: the Izmir Clock Tower in Turkey, which was completed in 1901 by Rayond Charles Pere; Munich’s 85-meter high Glockenspiel, with its 32 life-size figures; the Sultan Abdul Samad Building’s Clock Tower in Malaysia; and three-year-old Osaka Station City’s Water Clock, the technology of which was patented by the city of Osaka, Japan.