After spending a few posts on the natural beauty in the Shiretoko National Park, I think it’s time to switch the focus back to humanity – how about a clock?
Prague’s Old Town is one of the most visited old towns in Europe and the Astronomical Clock can perhaps be considered as the icon in the Old Town. It was installed in 1410 and according to wikipedia, it is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one which is still working.
An astronomical clock is much more than just a clock which tells you time. It’s main function is to tell you tonnes of astronomical information such as the location of the sun and moon, the age and phase of the moon, the current zodiac sign, etc. Because of the vast amount of information, most astronomical clock tends to look very complicated and so if you just want to know the time, it’s better to find an ordinary clock. Having said that, most of the astronomical clocks were beautifully decorated and also very colourful (so that different information can be read easily – for those who know how to read!) so even though they are scientific instrument, they can also be considered as artistic artefacts.
When we visited the Old Town, we were lucky to be at the right time that the Astronomical Clock started to perform its famous hourly show – the figurines on the clock moving around. Frankly, I did not find it particular interesting so while it was good to see it, I won’t recommend anyone to wait there just because of it.