Clocks of Prague

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue November. 28, 2017 3619 views

To be in Prague for one day only is awful. To have a very tight schedule is even more awful. To have little light and now and then rain in the late afternoon is a pity too. I could still cry about it. On the other hand the golden city is not far away from Vienna – just around 330 km. It would be a nice weekend trip. But it is as it is, I was almost every time passing through on my way to Dresden, Berlin or Usedom. The nearest things and cities are often more far away as the moon.

Last time I was with colleagues in Prague. We were more or less visiting colleagues. Which means, jogging to the sightseeing hotspots and sitting down to catch our breath in a famous beer hall took the most of our time.

During the fast jogging sightseeing over a long distance, I shot pictures like a rifle woman right out of the hip. I should call it a lomography series. I was at least able to photograph some clocks, which is a hobby of mine.

Of course I photographed the incredible astronomical clock, which is over 600 years old. But I did it before a crowd began to fill the place. We actually stood there like asparagus in a preserving glass and waited for the “show” with maybe thousands of other curious onlooker. Maybe I was the only one, who didn’t took one single photo during the show. Everybody watched the clock, I watched the people. What I saw, made me reconsider my wish to take any photos at all. Very few people moved through the mass of calm waiting tourists. They acted like thievish worms in a rotten corpse munching down the best available pieces left and right. When the show was over and the tourists began to go away, the place was covered with bits and pieces of leftovers from their organized thievery. I’m not sorry, that I didn’t took photos.

Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock - on the left side is a "normal" clock, and four "normal" clocks are in the tower, which overlooks the place, so there is no reason to be late!

Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock - on the left side is a "normal" clock, and four "normal" clocks are in the tower, which overlooks the place, so there is no reason to be late!

The devil's eye!

The devil's eye!

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

St. Vitus Cathedral - part of the Prague Castle

St. Vitus Cathedral - part of the Prague Castle

The Jewish Town Hall has two clocks - one with Roman number markings and ...

The Jewish Town Hall has two clocks - one with Roman number markings and ...

... one with Hebrew numerals (letters in the Hebrew alphabet), beginning with aleph and continue counterclockwise around the clock dial.

... one with Hebrew numerals (letters in the Hebrew alphabet), beginning with aleph and continue counterclockwise around the clock dial.

Running down Haštalská and at the same time photographing a beautiful Art Nouveau housedoor with clock of number 6 (I was lucky to identify it with google maps http://bit.ly/2BsB9Nh, once have been in a place I'm afterwards like a carrier pigdeon)

Running down Haštalská and at the same time photographing a beautiful Art Nouveau housedoor with clock of number 6 (I was lucky to identify it with google maps http://bit.ly/2BsB9Nh, once have been in a place I'm afterwards like a carrier pigdeon)

Illuminated clock on a Art Deco building

Illuminated clock on a Art Deco building

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Ivana Golombos 3 years ago

ahojPraha....love ---beautifulpost

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Ivana Golombos 3 years ago

Thanks! smile

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Andi Saw 3 years, 4 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 3 years, 4 months ago

Never ... wink

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Bill Baird 3 years, 4 months ago

Great set.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Bill Baird 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! blush

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Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 4 months ago

Tick Tock . . . Great shots

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 4 months ago

Pete(r Pan), there was no crocodile around and nobody else would like to swallow clocks of this size!!! joy
Thanks! blush

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Pete Fitzgetald Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 4 months ago

was not sure any would get the reference...grinning

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey, it's me - I'm a bookworm with fingers to use the keyboard! Of course I recognized the reference
and I don't want to loose my inner child to become a pirate! joy

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Lisa Britton 3 years, 4 months ago

These are lovely shots. The different clocks are so interesting, nice capture of each one.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Lisa Britton 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks blush
Sadly, there were some strange clocks I couldn't photograph at all!

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

This city is a perfect gem I will never forget. Great sequence of clocks in this post. LOL with "We actually stood there like asparagus in a preserving glass". smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

We (my husband only saw the pictures ...) have to visit this golden city with enough time to explore!
"White faces with big eyes (yes, asparagus is spotless) and open mouthes looking up like a flock of sheeps" would have done it too. joy

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Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice series,that is why I hate short citytrips. you run around as a chicken with no head. And when you begin to get the feel of the city you have to go home

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

You hit the nail on the head!
This short trip was organized  for a specific purpose: meeting colleagues and visit archaeological sites. It was a really great trip, but Prague was just the icing on the cake. Next time, it to be more Prague and less strolls through the woods and fields! thumbsup

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 4 months ago

Gorgeous!  I've been to Prague once and loved the city and the people.  I too remember being one of those tourists watching the show.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! smile
I saw/tastes the most important three: Prague Castle, astronomical clock and BEER! And lots of archaeological stuff in and around Prague.
Next time, I will have more than three ...

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Camellia Staab 3 years, 4 months ago

What a beautiful piece of art. Your photos have done it justice. Thanks for sharing smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! blush
This clock is so gigantic and looks even more gigantic, because it's placed on a small "tower" not high above the street.

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Wonderful kool perspectives, of these fascinating scenes! 
Your descriptions/commentaries are priceless, as well!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks! blush
A city in the neighborhood and no time to get there?! We are idiots ...

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 4 months ago

:=D

Cheers!

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