We were strolling through the Old Town Square in Prague when we came upon a huge crowd standing in the blazing midday sun awaiting the movement of the Prague Astronomical Clock. So we joined in, and in a minute or two the clock struck 12 noon. Magical things happened. The four figures flanking the clock were set in motion, representing four things that were despised at the time of the clock’s making in 1410. Vanity is represented by a figure admiring himself in a mirror. The miser holding a bag of gold represents greed or usury. Across the clock stands Death, a skeleton that strikes the time upon the hour. Finally, the Turk tells pleasure and entertainment. There is also a presentation of statues of the Apostles at the doorways above the clock, with all 12 presented every hour. The show takes place every our on the hour. And has for centuries. It is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. We lunched at the foot of the clock in a shady outdoor cafe, and were there for the one o’clock show, too. Again, the crowds waited in the hot sun. We were glad our beer was cold.
To give you proper perspective, I present Tom’s photo of the clock in context to the City Hall wall on which it resides:
This week’s Change of Time theme closes out the year for the First 52-Week Challenge. We shooters are having way too much fun to let it rest, so next week, on Aug. 4, we begin a whole new year of photographic challenges, addressing 52 new themes over the next year. Stay along for the ride!