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The Astronomical Clock, also known as Prague Orloj, is a medieval astronomical clock installed in 1410 and the third oldest clock in the world. It is a symbol of the city because of being the world's oldest working astronomical clock.
The clock, mounted on the south wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square, denotes mechanism of three vital components, which are the astronomical dial, the walk of the apostles and the calendar dial. The kind of world’s heritage composed by clock makers Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel contributed to the oldest parts of the Orloj, which was the mechanical clock and astronomical dial.
In 1490, the Astronomical Clock was decorated with Gothic sculptures including the calendar dial. Later on, the clock was repaired by a clock master of the Orloj, Jan Taborský in 1552, who mentioned the name of Hanuš as a maker of the clock. In the 17th century, the clock was added with moving statues and figures of the Apostles.
The Orloj experienced huge damages in 1945 because of Germans directed incendiary fire in an attempt to quiet the provocative broadcasting instigated by the National Committee. However, it was repaired by Vojtěch Sucharda, who restored the Wooden Apostles. The clock started working in 1948, after a significant attempt.
On October 9th, 2010, the 600th anniversary of the Astronomical Clock was celebrated with great joy and fun. This occasion included a light show, various animated videos and other events in the clock’s history. According to the local legend, the city will have to face a lot of troubles if the clock is not kept in working condition. If you are interested in unveiling the history of the Astronomical clock, then you should visit Prague, and get all set to explore the city with a new vision.