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In 1338 King John of Luxemburg allowed the growing center of Prague’s to form a city council and work quickly started on a town hall complex. It didn’t take them long to complete the building, but the true gem was when the Astronomical Clock was added to the 228 foot tall bell tower in 1410. Surprisingly the beautiful clock still works making it the oldest operational clock in the World and the 3rd oldest which is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock overall. Although not true, local folklore says that the city ordered the original clock maker blinded so the beauty of the clock could never be copied anywhere else. The clock was almost silenced forever in 1945 when the citizens uprising against the Germans damaged it and it wasn’t repaired for 3 full years.
The elements of the clock may look confusing, but each one has very specific functions. The main part added in 1410 was the Astronomical Dial which shows position of the Sun and Moon in the sky with a mechanical clock in the center of it. This dial will let you tell the current time, season, sunrise, sunset and much more. The 2nd element added to the clock was the The Walk of the Apostles which is filled with animated statues that come alive hourly peeking through the window. The 12 Apostles were added in 1865 and replaced much older statues from the 1600s. There are also a few side statues of Vanity staring at himself in the mirror, a miser with gold representing greed, a Turkish man bringing entertainment, and our favorite as Death is represented by a skeleton chiming his bell with the sounds from the tower. The last element to notice is the Calendar Dial added in 1870. The center has the crest of Old Town Prague surrounded by the 12 Zodiac symbols of pre-2012 lining up with the days they fall on laying on the outer ring with has marks for each day of the year. The Dial rotates keeping the current day on the top. Make sure to read our detailed guide on How To Read Prague’s Astronomical Clock.
One of the biggest treats is going to the top of the 228 foot tall Bell Tower for an unbeatable view of Old Town Prague. Even if you take the stairs, make sure to check out the modern looking Space Elevator going right up the middle of the Tower. You can also tour the surprisingly vast Underground of Old Town Hall for a totally different perspective on the building. Here you will find previous Town Hall foundations that have been built over and even a Romanesques Hall room from the 1100s.

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Address:

Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

GPS:

50.0869845, 14.420494899999994

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Opening Hours

Monday

11AM - 10PM

Tuesday

9AM – 10PM

Wednesday

9AM – 10PM

Thursday

9AM – 10PM

Friday

9AM – 10PM

Saturday

9AM – 10PM

Sunday

9AM – 10PM

Bell Tower Hours: Monday 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Sunday 9am-10pm. Cost is 110 CZK. Underground Hours: Monday 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Sunday 9am-10pm. Cost is 50 CZK

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