Recommended Reading: Prague's 600-Year-Old Astronomical Clock Is Stopped For Repairs
In a New York Times article, columnist Marc Santora recounts the narrative of a 600-year-old clock in Prague’s old downtown area that has been halted to go through fixes and rebuilding. The suitably named Orloj, perhaps the most seasoned clock on the planet, is kept up by a 71-year-old caretaker, Petr Skala, an artist by profession, who is regulating the rebuilding. He has until August of this current year to restore the fifteenth century milestone to working request with the goal that people in the future of Praguers and visiting vacationers can keep on getting a charge out of it.
Mr. Skala performing maintainance on the clock. (Photograph, and top photograph: David Josek/Associated Press)
Work on the Orloj was at first completed in 1410, and right up ’til today it stays not just one of the world’s most established public clocks, yet in addition a staggering illustration of what was at one time a forefront innovative wonder. Other than telling the time four unique ways (Old Bohemian Time, Babylonian Time, Central European Time and Star Time), the clock incorporates signs for the afternoon, the date, the month, and the way of the sun and moon. It even incorporates an astrolabe, which is utilized to recognize stars and other glorious bodies.
Read the full anecdote about the rebuilding at The New York Times.