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4. The Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock and nearby buildings

Heading into the Old Town East and Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti).

Left: The Old Town Hall Tower and astronomical clock. The cream-white house on the left is the Town Hall, the former house of Volflin Kamen, and on its right the 'dark' late Gothic door carved by Matthius Rejsek (bottom right below).

Right: The Oriel Chapel protruding from the Town Hall Tower

 

Left: Details of Oriel Chapel

Middle: ? pink part of the Town Hall

Right: Late Gothic Town Hall door

 

Left: The highly decorated face of the ? building.

Middle: The white building houses a tourist information centre.

Right: The pink building is the Old Council Hall which displays the Old Town Coat of Arms

 

The highly decorated ? building near the Old Town Hall.

 

Details of the ? building.

 

The Old Council Hall

 

The Old Town Coat of Arms on the facade of the Old Council Hall.

 

Details of the astronomical clock - mechanical figures perform either side of the zodiac signs in the upper section and the lower section is a calendar.

The upper section of the clock 'ordinary' clock in Arabic symbols from 1 to 24 (depicting Old Bohemian Time) and Roman numerals to depict our time plus an inner astronomical clock. On its right is a Turk, a symbol of lust and on its left a skeleton of death! The figures on the left represent Vanity and Greed.

 

The lower section of the clock operates as a calendar and all symbols of the zodiac showing the movement of the sun and moon through the twelve signs of the zodiac, of great importance in 16th century Prague.

 

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Above the twin faces of the astronomical clock a procession of the 12 apostles appear every hour!

 

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