June 2013 saw us venturing to new parts of the world – Poland and the Czech Republic. Slight concern all round due to a state of emergency being declared in Prague due to extreme flooding just a fortnight before we were due to go!
But we weren’t about to let a little thing like nature gone rogue to stop us so off we trotted.
We headed into the old town centre to check out some of the awe inspiring architecture of Prague.
Arriving just before the hour in the old town square – Staroměstské náměstí – we were perfectly placed to see one of the main tourist sights, the Astronomical Clock striking the hour.
This beautiful piece of time keeping art dates from the 15th century.
The clock is intricately constructed, and each hour crowds of people gather to watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles.
Every hour, a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell in a grim nod to the passage of time.
Four figures flank the clock and these represent things that were despised at the time of the clock’s making. From left to right the first is vanity, represented by a figure admiring himself in a mirror.
Next, the miser holding a bag of gold represents greed. Across the clock stands Death, a skeleton that strikes the time upon the hour. Finally, the Turk represents pleasure and entertainment.
You can catch more of our Prague trip here if you fancy it! https://handluggageblog.com/?s=Prague