The Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square is popular amongst tourists from all over the world. Tourists gather at the top of each hour to watch the show which is free of charge. (Photo by Erica Torre)

The Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square is popular amongst tourists from all over the world. Tourists gather at the top of each hour to watch the show which is free of charge. (Photo by Erica Torre)

 

Old Town Square in Prague has so much to offer tourists from all over the world. One of the many popular monuments that I have visited since I have been in Prague is the Astronomical Clock which is located in the heart of the city.

One interesting fact is that the clock is built into the side of the Old Town Hall Tower, which dates back into the later part of the 13th century. The Old Town Hall Tower was built in 1338, and can be easily identified by the approaching tourists of the town. Tourists have the opportunity to climb to the top of the tower either by stairs or elevator, and take in the sights from extreme heights.

Crowds gather around the base of the tower at the top of each hour to see the show, and this is a show that is famous worldwide. According to the Prague Experience website, “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”. This show is free of charge, but can get very crowded quickly.

Personally I thought the show was interesting, but it was extremely short. It is something that must be experienced in person to get the full effect and it is definitely worth it.  This was the perfect opportunity to experience the culture and accomplish some sightseeing!

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