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  Astronomical clock Summary
An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.
Astronomical clocks were built as demonstration or exhibition pieces, to impress as much as to educate or inform.
The ecliptic plane is projected onto the face of the clock, and, because of the earth's tilted angle of rotation relative to its orbital plane, it is displaced from the center and appears to be distorted.
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  Prague Orloj - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The astronomical clock in the Old-Town Square of Prague
The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj, pron.
The Orloj is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
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 Astronomical clock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.
The astronomical clock in Lund Cathedral in Sweden, Horologium mirabile Lundense was made at the end of the 14th century.
The Zytglogge in Bern is a famous astronomical clock from the 15.
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 Prague Astronomical Clock   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) is one of the things we saw this afternoon.
Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj) is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
The Orloj is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
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 orloj astronomical clock - prague - orologgio astronomico - praga
The Orloj, also known as The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the oldest European clocks of its kind (the first ever originated in Padua in 1344 and a second in Strasbourg in 1354) and continues to hold its exceptional position.
The important exceptions are the sculptures flanking the astronomical dial and mask and figures on its architrave which were created at the beginning of the 15th century by members of the masonic lodge of stonemasons and sculptors led by Peter Parler.
Magister Iohannes is renowned as the astronomer in collaboration with whom the clockmaker Nicolaus of Kadan constructed the famous Astronomical Clock of Prague in 1410 (this dating was done by Z. Horsky, cf.
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 Astronomical Clock
In the fifteenth century a sculpture beside the clock and a mask and figures were added by sculptor Peter Parler and stonemasons from the Masonic lodge.
In 1344, the first astronomical clock was built in Padua and a second clock was built in 1354, in Strassburg.
It is the clock in Prague which draws tourists by the thousands to see the clock in action.
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 Hour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
When a clock showed these hours, its speed had to be changed every morning and evening (for example by changing the length of its pendulum), or it had to keep position of the Sun on ecliptic (see Prague Astronomical Clock).
In the modern 24-hour clock, counting the hours starts at midnight, and hours are numbered from 0 to 23.
With modern astronomic equipment (and the telegraph or similar means to transfer a time sign in a split-second), this issue is no more relevant.
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 Prague Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall is one of the major sights of the city and many visitors mention it as one of the most outstanding things to see in Prague.
It was constructed by the clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan in collaboration with Jan Ondrejuv called Sindel, professor of mathematics and astronomy of Prague Charles University.
The astronomical dial (astrolabe on the clock face) with its mechanism is working to this day.
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 Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic / Orloj, Praha, Ceska Republika   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic / Orloj, Praha, Ceska Republika
But as in the case of Big Ben, the Astronomical Clock is a amazing piece of machinery that has become part of the collective soul of the community.
Since the clock is outside, unless there's an eclipse you already have a pretty good idea if it's day or night, but the clock still uses colors to symbolize the passage of day and night.
www.praguearchitecture.com /BuildingDetail.php?BuildingID=PAI4   (395 words)

  
 Famous Prague Astronomical Clocks at www.traveliana.com
The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj, [praʒski: ɔrlɔi]) is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague at 50°5′13.23″N, 14°25′15.30″E, the capital of the Czech Republic.
The oldest part of the Orloj, the mechanical clock and astronomical dial, dates back to 1410 when it was made by clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, the latter a professor of mathematics and astronomy at Charles University.
The Prague Orloj was one of a number of complex astronomical clocks designed and constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries, soon after the invention of the mechanical clock.
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 Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) | Prague Spot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Later an astrological clock (orloj) was added to it, and a statue of the Madonna was placed on the corner in the 1380's, thereby consecrating the town hall's oriel chapel.
The astronomical clock of Prague's town hall was built in 1410 by royal clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan and the rector of Prague University Master Jan Sindel.
This was the first time in Central Europe that such a large astronomical clock was placed on the facade of a secular building.
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 La Maison Jaune
Thus named because of astronomical quadrant, the astronomical clock of Prague is one of the most beautiful mechanical clock, dating from the Middle Ages always in operating state.
Installed in the tower of the Town hall of Prague, the Astronomical Clock was produced by Master Hanus in 1490.
This disordered state common to the clock and the watch did not certainly fail to draw the attention of many obscurologists who would see in the watch a tool of Passage to be used in conjunction with the clock.
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 European Vacation - Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the capital city of the relatively small Czech Republic.
The most notable sights are the Church of our Lady at Tyn, the astronomical clock tower (a part of the town hall) and many buildings of the Romanesque, baroque and gothic styles.
The clock is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
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 Travel guide - Prague - accommodation in hotels and apartments - Prague hotels
Prague, like Rome, was constructed upon five hills and is shrouded in the mystery of a glorious, tragic past.
Prague, aside from Rome, has been the only European capital city to remain for the past eleven hundred years the undisputed seat of power in its state.
In Prague Castle's St. Vitus Cathedral lies the tomb of King Wenceslas, patron saint of the Czech lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia.
www.travel.cz /prague.asp   (722 words)

  
 Prague Attractions Guide | Prague-Tourism.com
Prague is one of the culture capitals of the world.
The Golden Lane is part of Prague castle and is full of tiny colourful houses that were once inhabited by the castle servants and marksmen.
The Prague Astronomical Clock is a medieval astronomical clock mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square and is a popular tourist attraction.It contains figures of 12 apostles from 1410.
www.prague-tourism.com /attractions   (244 words)

  
 The Orloj or Astronomical Clock - Architecture - Prague Hip Guide
In Prague's Old Town Square is a clock that has held the public's fascination since it was built in 1410 by clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan, with an astronomer and professor of mathematics named Jan Sindel.
The Sphere or clock dial is the middle of the Orloj and shows astronomical phenomena such as sunrise and sunset, ancient Czech and modern times, the movements of the Sun and Moon and other celestial bodies.
The most famous legend about the clock is about the master clockmaker Hanus, who had his eyeballs burned out with a hot poker by the city councillors, in an effort to keep him from creating another clock of equal or greater magnificence elsewhere.
www.hiptravelguide.com /prague/article-16.html   (630 words)

  
 Astronomical Clock
The famed astronomical clock at the Old Town Square was built in 1490.
While it is very impressive that the clock is still running to this day, I felt it was something of a disappointment to see.
While not much of an impressive hourly occurrence, the clock is one of the symbols telling you where you are.
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 Prague/Old Town - Wikitravel
In the astronomical clock, the Turk is meant to be the stranger.
There is a legend about the clock that states the original master builder of its interior clockworks was blinded by the king who commissioned it after the work was completed so the mechanic could never build such a wonderful clock for someone else.
As happened so many other times in recent Prague history, the Czechs were trying to balance the grand buildings erected by the German-speaking community of Prague with suitable edifices of their own.
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 Sluneční hodiny - Prague Sundial Trail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
As with all middle-age clocks, it had to be equipped with a sundial to set the precise time.
They were installed during the reconstruction of the clock in 1790, led by the director of the Klementinum observatory Antonín Strnad (1749-1799), who probably was the designer of the sundials too.
Astronomical instruments were installed and regular astronomical observations began much later - in 1750s.
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 Prague's Astronomical Clock stops for two months due to repair work - 01-09-2005 - Radio Prague
Prague's Orloj, or Astronomical Clock, is one of the city's major tourist attractions.
The Astronomical Clock was made at the beginning of the 15th century, in 1410.
And the last time the famous clock stopped was during the floods of 2002, though that was simply because of a power flout.
www.radio.cz /en/article/70199   (770 words)

  
 Prague-central.com
Prague is known as the city of a hundred spires, the city is located on a number of hills which overlook the broad expanse of the River Vltava.
Prague has numerous Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo buildings which are well complemented by a host of early 20th-century structures, as well as unique examples of Cubist architecture.
Prague is also a modern thriving metropolis with a wide variety of entertainment on offer, truly something for everyone.
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 eTrav Pathways - Astronomical Clock   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The astronomical clock in the Old Town Hall has come to be the very symbol of Old Prague.
The clock was the envy of Europe, and all of the major cities clamored to have Master Hanus build a similar clock for them.
Above the clock from the tower, there is also a lovely view of Prague that you won't want to miss.
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 Beans Around The World - Prague, Czech Republic
Here, the beans stop to see what time it is at Prague's Astronomical Clock, which was originally built way back in 1410, and is still ticking today.
The clock shows three pieces of information; it shows the revolutions of the sun, the revolutions of the moon, and the revolutions of the stars, with Earth being at the center of the universe.
Prague's nickname is "the City of 100 Spires" because of all of the churches, castles, and towers around town (yep - there's really 100.
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 Astronomical Clock :: Staroměstské náměsti, Prague, Hlavni Město Praha, Czech Republic :: Glass Steel ...
But as in the case of Big Ben, the Astronomical Clock is a amazing piece of machinery that has become part of the collective soul of the community.
The numbers on the clock face are both Roman and Medieval Arabic, which is purer and related to trigonometry much more closely than the rounded figures we used today.
Since the clock is outside, unless there's an eclipse you already have a pretty good idea if it's day or night, but the clock still uses colors to symbolize the passage of day and night.
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 Astronomical Clock Prague Czech Republic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The Astronomical Clock was built in the early 15th century by Nicolas of Kadan and later completed by Hanus a famous clock maker.
The clock is situated on the Old town hall in the Old Town Square (Stare Mesto) and was heavily damaged in the May uprising in 1945.
This monument must be seen whilst on tour in Prague and explaining its magical show would spoil your surprise.
www.interprague.com /prague/astronomical_clock.htm   (163 words)

  
 Astronomical Clock (Orloj), Prague - Reviews of Astronomical Clock (Orloj) - IgoUgo
When I visited Prague in July 2002, my friends and I made sure that we visited the Astronomical Clock (Orloj) that is part of the Radnice, or town hall, of Prague's Staromestske Namestie.
The clock was added to the Radnice in 1410 and was made by the master clockmaker Mikulas of Kadane.
Beside the clock are four figures that represent the troubles that Prague went through during the 15th century.
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 BBC - h2g2 - The Prague Astronomical Clock
Mounted on the tower of the Old Town Hall, Prague's Astronomical Clock is one of the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built.
It has two main dials (clock faces), one directly over the other, and numerous wooden figures which are animated when the clock chimes the hour.
This type of clock, with animated figures and bells, is sometimes called a glockenspiel which literally means 'bell play', although the name is also used for a type of musical instrument.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A1043218   (978 words)

  
 Prague Guide - Prague Sights
Hradčany, the Castle District, is the Prague district surrounding Prague Castle.
The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj, pron.
The Prague - Žižkov Television Tower is of a very unconventional design: it consists of three concrete pillars, which carry cabinets for the transmitters, the tower restaurant and an observation deck.
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