The Astronomical Clock on the side of the Old Town Hall Tower dates back to the 15th century. To appreciate this intricate construction to its fullest, join the crowd in front of the tower to observe the procession of the Twelve Apostles: on the hour, every hour, a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell to a defiant statue of a Turk.
Below the Astronomical Clock are 12 medallions with the signs of the zodiac, added by Josef Manes in 1865.
The Old Town Hall Tower is one of the most striking buildings in Prague, built in 1338. Inside is a staircase and an elevator. For a minimal fee, visitors can climb to the top to enjoy wonderful views over the Old Town Square and all of the Old Town.
In 1364 the Old Town Hall Tower was joined to a private house beside it, which in turn was knocked into other houses to create the Old Town Hall as we know it today.
How incredible. And how very interesting, 12 apostles, 12 disciples, 12 signs of the zodiac... and an astronomical clock from the 14th century. You couldn't make this stuff up, could you? Thanks for sharing, I'm sure I'll never get there, but now I feel I have already been there.