The clock is one of the most iconic images associated with Prague - and justifiably (in my opinion at least). The impact it makes the first time you see it lasts a lifetime, and even having walked past it hundreds of times, I still find it impossible not to sneak a peek when I'm nearby.
- Old Czech (Italian) time displayed by the Gothic symbols on the outer rings
- German (Local) time marked in golden Roman numerals along the edge of the astrolabe
- Planetary time shown by the 12 blue Arabic numerals
- Sidereal time designated by the star on the zodiac ring
|St John the Evangelist (left) and St Thomas (right)|
The statues of the apostles which appear from the windows above the clock appear to date back to 1793. The originals were destroyed by fire in 194 and replaced with the current set between 1946 and 1948. They appear so briefly that the best way to see them is to take the trip into the clock tower and find them in their little cubby hole where you can really appreciate their eerie beauty.
There are too many details all around the clock to describe them all but it wouldn't be right not to single out the orchestrator of the chiming ceremonies - the wooden sculpture of Death.
|Death (the skeleton) and Delight|