Good news! If you’re a clock fan, or an ancient building fan, or just a Prague fan, we’ve got just the thing.
Because the Astronomical Clock has finally been restored! Which means a trip to Prague is in order if you ask us.
The city’s top tourist attraction has been covered up for almost nine months, much to the disappointment of the tourists flooding the popular European destination.
But now, the clock has been unveiled! The newly-refurbished clock dates all the way back to 1410, and after months of work, is looking better than ever:
The original machinery, which was damaged by the Nazis in 1945 during the Prague Uprising, has also been restored. In 1948, the Astronomical Clock was back up and running, but the machinery was electronic. Until now!
Numerous other authentic details have been completed, including little windows which open to reveal the 12 apostles. They were previously made of sheet metal, but have been restored back to stained glass.
The famous landmark is located in the Old Square of Prague, Czech Republic, and while it undergoes a renovation once a decade, a restoration of this scale hasn’t been done since World War II.
According to Lonely Planet, the whole clock had to be taken off the tower and taken apart – and every part of the clock smoothed over and restored. The repair is part of a massive renovation project of the Old Town Hall Buildings, which started in 2009.
Visitors to Prague can also check out ‘The Rebirth of Old Town Hall Tower’ exhibition at the Praesidium Gallery on the second floor of the Old Town Hall. The exhibition shows the processes of restoring the tower and the Astronomical Clock and has historical artefacts on display.
Plus – it’s free! So get your butt over to Prague until January 6 to see the exhibition and the brand new Astronomical Clock.