If you’ve seen Google’s delightful doodle, you know that today is the 605th anniversary of Prague’s astronomical clock.
To celebrate this beautiful day, here is an appreciation post for the magnificent measurer of time, stars and suns.
The clock was built made by Mikulas of Kadan in 1410, most probably with the help of Jan Sindel, an astronomer and Charles University professor.
Death, Vanity and the twelve apostles are among some of the characters that adorn in the clock.
The calendar dial is the newest part of the clock, and its surrounded by the zodiac signs, every day of the year and pictures depicting every month.
The astronomical dial depicts the Medieval view of the universe, with Earth in the centre, surrounded by the sky and determined by the movements of the sun and the moon, which decorate the two clock hands.
There are three circles on the astronomical dial, representing Old Czech Time, Central European Time and Babylonian Time. Also, a little star in the zodiac ring tells the sidereal time.
Chime on time:
I tried to film the spectacular scene of the clock calling the hour, and it looked something like this:
If you’d like to sneak into the heart of the clock, Google street view affords a mediated adventure that counts as something special.