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Prague’s Second Astronomical Clock

Článek jsem zveřejnila 26.1.2018

Seniors love reading about history. Also a history of Prague is a gratful topic to talk about. Let’s read more interesting facts about the astronomical clocks in Prague.

Besides the famous Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, Prague had a second astronomical clock from the mid-15th century to the late-18th century. It was called the Novoměstský orloj and it was located in the New Town Hall in Karlovo náměstí.

The splendid architecture of the New Town Astronomical Clock was not as impressive as its Old Town cousin. It wasn’t decorated with the same figures and statues. But it was interesting because its style was Italian. There is a similar clock in the Italian city of Padua.

The Astronomical Clock in the New Town Hall tower showed the phases of the moon and the zodiac signs. It also showed the positions of the sun. However, it was smaller than the Padua clock.

It is surprising that the Padua and New Town astronomical clocks both depicted only 11 signs of the zodiac. According to legend: one sign was missing on the Padua clock because the craftsmen were not paid well and were angry. But no one knows why there were only 11 zodiac signs on the New Town Astronomical Clock.

Vocabulary
Old Town Square: Staroměstské náměstí
Astronomical clock: Orloj
New Town Hall: Novoměstská radnice

Source: EXPATS [online] / https://news.expats.cz/czech-culture/pragues-forgotten-second-astronomicalclock/

Adapted by: Jodie Hruby UK/USA