The Astronomical clock or Orloj is one of Prague's most beautiful attractions. Every hour it gathers hundreds of tourists that look amazed at the change of the hour and the blessing of the Apostles. This astronomical clock was constructed in 1410 by the clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan in collaboration with Jan Ondrejuv called Sindel.
80 years later, the legendary master Hanus rebuild the clock and as legend has it, the Councillors had him blinded, so that he would not ever manage to build another instrument greater than the Orloj in Prague.
The story also says that before he died, master Hanus deliberately damaged the clock so seriously, that nobody could ever fix it again. He also cursed the instrument, sothose who tried to repair it have either gone mad or died.
At the Calendar you will see: (from left to right) A chronicler, an angel, an astronomer and a philosopher .
There is also a rooster that crows after the Apostles have finished their blessing.
It may seem the funniest thing is , one can read almost anything on the Prague Orloj BUT the time.
The Sphere or clock dial shows most important astronomical events: movement of the sun (notice that the sun circles around the Earthand not the other way around), phases of the moon, the equinoxes, the seasons, the days and the zodiac.