It seems that most visits in Prague start and end with a scenario like this- stand at the Old Town Square, stare at the treasured medieval Astronomical clock together with the rest of the crowd, wait for the next hour to watch one of the world’s oldest and only functioning astronomical clock do its magic which includes the parade of the Twelve Apostles as they pass by the small window when the clock strikes the hour.
Installed in 1410, the Astronomical clock intricate design is use to represent medieval perception of the Universe- the movement of celestial bodies including the Sun and the Moon where time is merely the secondary element.
There is a rule on how to read time and date using the medieval clock, one that requires more patience and more staring at the clock to fully comprehend, though an alternative is just to simply enjoy the movement of the four figurines in the corner including a Skeleton with a bell in hand.
It is worth entering and climbing the 69.5 meters Old Town Hall Tower or the Clock Tower where the astronomical clock is mounted. The elevation of the tower provides the distinct view of the spires of the Church of Our Lady before Týn against the red roofs of Old Town Square and the rest of the city.
I have strange fascination with heights and cities panoramic view, so it was no surprise that I was at the tower entrance booth almost an hour prior the opening time and actually was the first one to enter the tower that day.
It would be a dream come true to spend one winter or more holed up in the attic of one of those red roof buildings, I think all I need is just a small bed and plenty of books to read. What I wanted to do is to occasionally peek outside to see the events at the Old Town Square and will let the Astronomical clock striking the hour be music to my ears.