The Old Town Hall Tower in Prague

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Prague Old Town Hall Tower

The Old Town Hall in Prague was built in 1338 to house the local administration. Its tower, bearing a unique Astronomical Clock, is one of the best known landmarks of Prague.

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Prague Old Town Hall Tower

On the left and the right side of the astronomical clock, there are four figures. On the left side, the one on the left is Vanity holding a mirror, and the one on the right is Miserliness holding a moneybag. On the right side, the one on the left is Death and the one on the right is a Turk symbolizing Vice and Pleasure.

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At the top of the hour, Death rings the bell and the other figures shake their heads. From the two windows over the clock, the 12 Apostles appear.

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Below the Clock there is a replica of the Calendar painted by Josef Manes. The two figures on the left are a Chronicler and an Angel, and the two figures on the right are an Astronomer and a Philosopher.

Prague Old Town Hall Tower

Prague Old Town Hall Tower

During the second world war, the Town Hall was the center of rebellion against German occupation. German troops tried to tear down the building. In the photo above you can see the destruction where the northern wing of the Town Hall used to be.

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The top of the Tower can be visited for a fee and offers beautiful views over the city of Prague.

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