My Photos: Prague -- Starometske

Starometske nameste -- Old Town Square

Towered over on one side by
Kostel Matky Bozi pred Tynem
-- Church of Our Lady Before Tyn --
late 15th century

and Old Town Hall on the other.




Old Town Hall
was originally built in 1338
and mostly destroyed in the last days of WWII.

27 Xs in the pavement beneath the tower of Old Town Hall
symbolize 27 executed Protestant Czech noblemen
who had revolted against the Habsburgs.
They were beheaded here in 1621.

The Astronomical Clock
on Old Town Hall



The clock consists of 3 different clock dials.

The original clock first chimed in the year 1410.
It is flanked by figures of Apostles
which move when the clock chimes the hours between 8am and 8pm.
The Apostles were added to the clock in the late 1800s.

The astronomical dial shows the signs of the zodiac
as well as positions of the sun and moon.
It is flanked by 4 figures representing traits despised by Czechs at the time:
Vanity -- a man holding a mirror
Greed -- a miser holding a bag of gold
Death -- a skeleton
and a Turk!

The 3rd clock dial is the Bohemian time scale,
which starts at sunset and counts backwards to sunrise.

In the center of the spacious square,
a statue of Jan Hus

Jan Hus was burned at the stake in 1415
for heresy against the Catholic Church.

Palac Kinskych -- Kinsky Palace

Kostel sv. Mikulase -- Church of St. Nicolas

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