Astronomical Clock
Astronomical Clock
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This place is temporarily closed This giant clock on the face of the town hall replaced the priceless original destroyed during WWII.
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Global746475
Johannesburg, South Africa106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I travelled to Olomouc to see something I’ve never seen before. The Regio jet bus from Brno to Olomouc took exactly an hour, the walk from the train station about 40 minutes. (I stopped in a shop, took photos on the way.) Then, there it was in all its former glory: The Astronomical Clock of Olomouc, originally built on 1419-1421. When defeated Nazi forces retreated in 1945 they opened fire and destroyed the clock. In 1948, Czech artist Karen Svolinsky and his wife Eva started renovating the clock. The saints and kings that had formed part of the medieval clock had no relevance in communist Czechoslovakia, and the Svolinskys went full social realism with a mechanical parade consisting of workers and peasants. There’s a man with a shovel and another one with a briefcase. It’s absolutely unbelievable and totally marvelous. I’m so glad this piece of history has survived against all odds.
Written 15 January 2024
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Ashly J
Muscat Governorate, Oman20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
The Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic, is a mesmerizing architectural marvel that adds to the stunning atmosphere of this vibrant city. Located in the Old Town Square, the clock is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of Prague's rich history and culture.

The Astronomical Clock, also known as the Orloj, dates back to the 15th century and is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. Its intricate design and functionality make it a true masterpiece. Every hour, on the hour, the clock comes to life as the figures on the clock face move, accompanied by the chiming of bells. This captivating display attracts crowds of spectators who gather to witness this magical moment.

The atmosphere surrounding the Astronomical Clock is truly enchanting. The Old Town Square itself is a bustling hub of activity, with lively street performers, charming cafes, and historic buildings. The square is always filled with a vibrant energy, both day and night, as locals and tourists alike gather to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

As the Astronomical Clock is located in the heart of Prague, it is surrounded by the city's stunning architecture. The Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings create a backdrop that adds to the charm and character of the place. Exploring the narrow streets and picturesque alleyways around the clock is a delightful experience, with surprises awaiting at every turn.

In addition to its visual beauty, the Astronomical Clock holds historical significance. It serves as a reminder of Prague's medieval past and the ingenuity of the craftsmen who created it. Visitors can learn about the clock's history and the astronomical functions it serves through informative displays and guided tours.

Overall, the Astronomical Clock in Prague is a captivating sight that adds to the already stunning atmosphere of this great city. Its intricate design, historical significance, and the lively surroundings make it a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Prague.
Written 9 October 2023
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aebrown242
Blenheim, New Zealand13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
To comply with toilet requirements. The building should be closed if no toilets are available (EU regulations) clearly state.
Written 30 November 2022
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Madeline H
Cairns Region, Australia138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Visited this amazing 15th century clock in late August 2019 whilst in the city of Prague. The stunning clock is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world & the oldest clock still operating. The clock shows the relative positions of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and Zodiac constellations. It also tells the time & date. Every hour the the little doors on the clock open to reveal the 12 Apostles which move around the clock.
Written 30 September 2022
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Adriana Z
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
This was a very nice historical clock to see. There always are a lot of people but you can see it from every angle you stand at. The clock is very beautiful made and it is a part of Prague that everyone should visit including the Old town square.
Written 28 June 2022
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The famous astronomical clock in prague old town. Its in the old town square. Every hour there will be a special show at the top of the clock. It's get so crowded, so you will have to wait a little to take the perfect photo. Lots of restaurants available around here. Would be ideal to end the day with a nice meal here.
Written 18 June 2022
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
These astronomical clocks are interesting considering the time period in which they were designed and built. The engineering is impressive.
Written 18 February 2022
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EdGilRal
Durham, NC39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Stopped off in town for a couple of hours. Was in town square at noon when this clock started announcing the hours. I understand that this clock was built (?) in 1954, which explains the line of different workers who parade outside the building, not behind glass windows like Prague. This display went on for about six (6) minutes. At the end a cock crows and the show is over. I found it entertaining but a bit boring and did laugh at the crowing as to me it was unexpected.
Written 12 January 2022
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Yas
Las Vegas, NV530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
I loved the panoramic view from the top of the tower … definitely worth seeing, the rest of the areas in the tower are not as good.
Written 6 December 2021
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Petr P
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Visit this astronomical clock at midday! Because it moves only at the midday. Its worth a visit. It was renewed lately so it looks like its new.
Written 9 September 2021
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