Travel – A grand old time

2012-03-30 08:35

Prague is a special place in a thousand ways.

For architecture lovers, it is special because it didn’t suffer the destruction of two world wars – though the people did. It boasts magnificent examples of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture – among more modern examples – and in the Old Town Square, a Unesco World Heritage Site, visitors to this 1 000-year-old city will find the world’s oldest working astronomical clock.

The Prague Orloj has three components: the astronomical dial that shows the position of the sun and moon in the sky; the walk of the apostles, a procession of figures who take a turn in the fresh air every hour on the hour; and the calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

Folklore has it that if the clock – first wound up in 1410 – stops, Prague is in trouble. So more than 600 years on, it is well maintained by sculptor and clock-keeper Petr Skala.

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