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Installed in the year 1410, the giant outdoor clock in downtown Prague has been ticking for over 6 centuries, and is the world’s oldest astronomical clock still in operation.

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You gotta wonder what kind of a future they imagined this piece would live to see. What space age this would end up in...

I bet it had hover boards.

That clock tower is actually a functioning municipal building. If you look to the left of the clock there is a window with a diamond pattern in the glass. That is actually a window that, if you stand in the inside room, is a slightly high window that sits up above the back of the head of the magistrate who conducts civic weddings. It’s not a fancy room but the location is amazing. I know this because when I lived in Prague I got married there; two expats. The translator we used was super nice and probably arranged for us to use it; as we didn’t ask for it.

Many of the old buildings, like the Prague Castle, are fully modernized and operating buildings on the inside.

My grandparents got married there! <3

So did they conceive your dad or mom there?

Plot twist- both.

Roll tide?

Plot twist mom was already in grandmas belly! Haha

ELI5:. How can a clock stay ticking for so long?? Is there a link that's a good read about it.

Surely they had to stop it occasionally to change the battery?

The clocktower in Tokyo is self-winding.

2 points · 6 months ago

As with everything mechanical there will be wear, and necessary services and maintenance must be taken. But non the less its quite a feat to have something like that working after 600+ years.

So is u/shittymorph still around or?

How you arrange to get married on another country? i mean both of you were foreigners right? im getting married soon and since my gf is from another country be both will have to do lot of paperwork for that, so why not prague right?

Go to New Zealand. They're accustomed to foreigners coming to get married and have a very simple form. Been there; done that. Good luck.

It's easy pretty much anywhere. If your country recognises marriages from the country, there is no really extra steps for being a foreigner. If the marriage cert is in a different language or especially in a different script (mine is in Thai) you will have to get it translated and stamped as a legal translation.

We were both there on visas. It was easy. The hard part was we had to get it recognized at home so it would be valid

Apparently it's easy this Danish island..

Now I'm hungry.

Oh boy thanks!

UK: walked in the townhall and asked (they told me). You marry just like anyone else and you are married according to whatever law there is. I asked my lawyer friend what will be my situation in my home country (You need to report it to whatever entity deals with this (probably something like Ministry of Intrior or Home Office) and they record it for you and you will be married according to you home country's law as well. I guess it can be important in case of divorce, inheritance etc.

TL DR: Ask around and do your paperwork.

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Yep, this building is like in the center of town and younpass by it so much it becomes normal haha

Is Prague in Hill Valley?

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Instead, people wander around that area handing out flyers for strip clubs and ask if you want to buy cocaine

Wandering, not hovering.

Its so sad. We let them down.

My goal in life is to be the first hoverboard/cocaine distributor

One each, please.

83 points · 6 months ago

It is a masterpiece. If you are planning to come to Prague to see this beautiful clock, you should know that the tower and the clock will be under repair for the next 5-6 months. What it looks like right now:

Ah yes. The "under construction" style that seems to be exhibited at every distinguished landmark or building only when I visit them.

You: “Aww, it’s under construction!”

Local: “Yup. It had been working like a charm for more than 600 years... until last week.”

I had a sudden and unexpected trip take me through London with a few hours to kill a couple months ago. Oh, I'll go see Big Ben I thought to myself. Took me a few minutes standing right next to it to realize that it was under a full structure of scaffolding. Well shit.

It did lead to me deciding to wander aimlessly and find a beautiful Christmas market and be left in awe of the city's beauty.

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My picture from New Years Day in Prague just before the scaffolding went up:

I’m coming in March! I’m beyond excited.

Luckily, things being under construction and/or renovated doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I just can’t wait to experience the new city and its people.

Sorry. I’m just really excited.

2 points · 6 months ago

If you're there long enough, go to Vysehrad and Petrin Park. U Sudu and Vzorkovna are a couple of interesting bars I took visitors to when I lived there. Greatest city. March is a good month to go--It gets crazy in the summer. Have fun!

Went to Prague last June, the clock is still worth a look for sure! Really interesting, very crowded around it when it chimes though so I’d hold onto your bag/camera/phone.

Damn, I'm going at the end of February :/

I know this won't make to feel better. But it really isn't the best thing about Prague. You won't miss it, and by not going you've decreased your chance of getting pickpocketed by 50%

The clock is actually super-overrated in terms of the "experience". Tourists wait there for like half an hour, excited to see this grandiose display.

It starts, their faces filled with joy. Only after 15 seconds they start to question when "the thing" going to happen. And after a minute they disappointingly realize that was the thing.

Here's what I like about Prague; in Paris you see the Eiffel tower, then get on the subway and see the Montmartre, then walk all the way to the Moulin Rouge.

Prague is not that way, it's not as photogenic, the buildings aren't going to be the prettiest you've ever seen... But they're everywhere. You don't need to take no taxi, you don't even need a bike or anything. You literally just walk around the center, and all you see are very nice looking and historic building. Photos just won't cut it because it's not a one particular building that you focus on, it's the combination of all of them within walking distance. It's almost magical. Definitely much better than Paris, and much much better than Amsterdam in my opinion. I've been to Prague over 10 times at this point and I also enjoy my time there (and I am not there to drink or whatever)

Definitely go up to the castle area too, it's the largest castle in the world and it's definitely worth it. The clock is nothing in comparison, sure it's an engineering marvel with great history but you're not an engineer and the whole of Prague has great history.

It also seems like much safer place than anywhere in Europe right now. They are actually trying to prevent terrorist attacks. Last time I went they had airport-esque security check to enter the castle are a with the serious looking military personnel at the ready with rifles, eyeing everyone. And places like the train station also seemed to be packed with police/special forces looking motherfuckers

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Thank you, hoping to go to Prague in April and this is good to know

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148 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Check out what they did for the 600th Anniversary of it:

Studio version:

Fan taken:

58 points · 6 months ago

And there it is. An actual legitimate use of vertical video.

Except it's not. The video was rendered as 16:9, which means that viewing it on a vertical monitor is doubly horrendous.

I have a monitor that flips to the side (many monitors have this ability build into their stand, check it out if yours maybe does as well). So I can let the video file play sideways, flip the monitor sideways and have the full projection video playing on my monitor.

That wouldn't help in this instance, because it's still a 16:9 video.

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Man, that was dope as hell. Especially enjoyed the last 3 minutes and finale.

I was there!! It was amazing they did it for two days ( one as a practice) Other than that show the clock is generally pretty over rated, people crowd round on the hour to watch a skeleton nod and walk away saying “was that it ?”

10 points · 6 months ago

Missed opportunity “Czech* out what they did...”

Czechmate pun haters

I was confused and thought for a moment that someone blatantly stole one of the most amazing videos out there, since I vividly remember the creative team behind it to be called the macula, and not, but apparently the macula team split up.

You should watch their old videos, though, some of them are very good. While none are as majestically epic as Prague's clock tower, there is another building anniversary, this time in Liverpool

I like the finale

OP I posed this two days ago...

Seriously what the fuck it was front page.

8 points · 6 months ago

Welcome to Reddit, where people have short-term memory and those who actually remember don't give a fuck.

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2 points · 6 months ago

That account just shits out reposts all day

so, you reposted from this guy or someone else

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This was just posted a few days ago.

I literally posted it two days ago!

I’m not even surprised anymore. Getting kinda boring.

“We did it Reddit! We reposted again!”

They could have at least posted a different picture. I mean, it's not like it isn't a famous clock with lots of pictures of it...

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Has it been going non stop and also how accurate is it?

Formerly, it was believed that the Orloj was constructed in 1490 by clockmaster Jan Růže (also called Hanuš); this is now known to be a historical mistake. A legend, recounted by Alois Jirásek, has it that the clockmaker Hanuš was blinded on the order of the Prague Councillors so that he could not repeat his work; in turn, he disabled the clock, and no one was able to repair it for the next hundred years.

In the version I heard, his means of disabling the clock involved throwing himself into the the gears

Not So, He had his apprentice take him to the clock as to feel close to it, once inside he smashed the gearing and critical mechanisms. The clock has broken down on Occasion, this co-in sided with the country going through grief and hardships. They maintain the clock now as to not repeat histories mythology. I see people post as in it's lack luster, funny as they perhaps do not realize its age and accomplishment of its time. pun intended.

Co-in sided -> Coincided by the way

Fair enough, I’m really only repeating what a tour guide told me. Also based on what I was told on that tour I feel like I should throw you out of a window simply to invalidate whatever you said. When in Prague.

Your absolutely right! Living 32 years in the district Budejovice and working my youth at U Medvidku, I would know nothing about Czech History. Good thing you had a tour guide fill you in! They would never try to make things seem more extravagant than what they really are! TIL

Suck my fat one

Honestly, its just tales that are said to enhance small minds. Be thankful your not a Gobshite Irish Shtate. It's always been said that the Irish langer tourists of Prague can be told anything.

God damn. People were so fucking ruthless

It’s also one of the few things in Prague that got blown up during WWII

55 points · 6 months ago

It is neat but now surrounded by tens of thousands of rude Chinese tourists every day...

This made me laugh because that's exactly how I remember it. Every time it draws on the hour it is absolutely swarmed with people.

And it's completely underwhelming.

It's more than 600 years old. If someone is expecting rotating holographic projections of Ivanka's tits, they are going to be disappointed.

Not really what I meant. The clock itself is amazing and highly recommend seeing. But everyone makes a big deal about sticking around for it to strike the hour, like it's some huge event. Then you see it and thnk... "That's it?"

I can confirm, that the animated parts on the hour are kind of disappointing. It’s such a hyped up tourist attraction (as it should be for history), but when it chimes on the hour, surrounded by hundreds of people... There’s a buildup to a phenomenal anticlimax involving a wheezing chicken.

Well, a sincere thanks for that.

If I ever get around to seeing it I can say, “I’m here for the wheezing chicken.”

Significant parts are newer

This is what it looks like from the other direction... every hour

3 points · 6 months ago

When I was there in 2005 there was hardly a single one.

I was there last June, crowds of Chinese tourists around the clock are confirmed. Lots of big groups taking part in walking tours too. No more rude than all the other tourist groups in my experience. Though they especially loved the statue “Youth ” of a naked boy in the castle grounds.

2005 is a long time especially concerning the ever growing influx of Chinese tourist in places like Barcelona, Rome, Paris and London etc.

I totally get why Barcelonian's have partly already established limits for tourist. I've been to Barcelona every other year for some 15 years and it has been ridiculous these past 3 years in high tourist season. Early May is still ok. It has been long time since I was in Rome, but I can only imagine how the place looks now in the summer months

I think especially places like Venice should absolutely start establishing strong limits on tourists. Barcelona is a +5 million city and can somewhat soak up the tourists hoards, though I would imagine one will make place like Venice so much better for the locals and the tourists by strongly limiting the numbers. Hopefully tourists will also spend a bit more time and money.

5 points · 6 months ago

The only time I went there it wasn't ticking, but was under repair.

Amazing they could find someone to repair it.

I'd imagine the machining isn't terribly precise, since it's massive. The only part that would be hard to get repaired is the decoration.

It probably took about 100 years.

So weird.. casually browsing Reddit while I happen to be 500 meters or so away from that very clock

prove it jabroni

Dr. Emmett Brown would love this.

Fits better than the 10-15 years old crap that gets posted there.

and the best place in the city to be pickpocketed or harangued by people trying to sell you bar crawl tickets ;)

I wonder if this clock falls into the Theseus Ship paradox.

3 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Having first been posted on Reddit in 1610, this post has been reposted for over 6 centuries making it one of the oldest posts on the internet.

I’m actually in Prague now and it’s not ticking.

It’s currently under repair and ya sheen dismantled

Heavily influenced this, I believe.

Get a powerwashing team up there

5 points · 6 months ago

OP is a filthy karma whore and should be spitroasted accordingly. /u/allthekos JUST posted this IDENTICAL post 2 days ago. How is this even being upvoted

I went to prague and its indeed fabulous, sadly I suck taking pictures :(, great experience tho

I’m heading there in August. Any must sees or things to avoid? Thanks in advance for any advice.

The church of bones, well it’s an ossuary, is a must see. It’s about an hour outside of Prague. The clock of course. The St. Charles bridge. Definitely get a tour guide!!! We had a college student and she was amazing. Took us to places that even people who live there didn’t know about. She took us to where Mozart played his first concert. She also took us to a church where they trapped one of Hitler’s officers after the war. You can still see bullet holes where they tried to shoot him through the windows. The castle is cool and the Jewish Quarter. Prague is made up of five areas. See them all. We walked the whole city in one day.

Thank you so much! I’m putting all of these on our agenda. I love that you were able to walk everywhere. Great advice about getting a tour guide.

...And it’s gone!

Oh my goodness, I just saw this last week! I love the concept; it was great to see!

Been there twice, magnificently disappointing. You should see it at least once though.

Every hour a dude comes out from one of the doors at the top and plays a tune on the trumpet. After spending a few days in this area, that tune was engraved into my head. I can still hear it.

2 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Beware of pickpockets there, it's ripe with the fuckers nearby the clock. Also don't take a cab it's all scammers there. Cunts trying to rob our visitors.

And avoid the money changer there as well

As impressive as this clock looks today, imagine how awe-inspiring it would be to a 15th Century peasant. I kind of think public displays like this must have played a part in maintaining the belief that upperclass people were inherently superior - because look what wonders they can create!

I tally...1 1/2 weeks since the last time this clock was posted, any takers?

This was JUST on the front page and you know it ya karma whore.

The only thing worse than giving a shit about your own karma is giving a shit about some random person's karma.

There was obviously at least 11,000 people who didn't see this a couple days back and thought it was cool.

The thing I remember about this clock was this was also the spot where I saw Crispin Glover (of Back to the Future fame) entertaining a lady friend in 2010. Now to find and post the picture when I get home...

Annnnnd repost.

Been on Reddit 7 years and never seen this. If you've already seen it then downvote it or ignore it and go on your way. I don't understand what these comments attempt to convey.

If people downvote reposted material then it won't get many upvotes. If it does that means either people want to see it or haven't seen it. Let the system work and leave your comments by the wayside.

Preach! I’ve seen the clock, because my best friend lived in Germany for a couple years and took trips to Prague, but I’ve never seen it on Reddit.

I agree with you as well.

That said this picture doesn't, to me, really capture the magnitude. The clock is really huge which I think my picture captures better:

I want to copy and paste this every time I see a comment like this, it's so well-worded.

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10 points · 6 months ago

For like the 5th time since the new year

i literally saw this yesterday


Huh. Same sub and everything.

Ohhhh noooooooooooooo

Hitler was a fan

Should probably burn it down then.

Hitler liked a lot of things, he was an artist before... well we all know the story. He saved some things including the WW1 Monument dedicating the soldiers lost in the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge - something very well known in Canada. Iirc it was Hitler's favourite war memorial because it was a monument of peace, not of a war victory. Many monuments from WW1 were destroyed in WW2 but Hitler specifically stated it not to be damaged.

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Our tour guide told us it was really underwhelming and I have to say it was.

It would be kind of funny living there. "Oh, they're looking at the fucking clock again."

It's not funny for long, unfortunately

Those tourists are a cash cow for the city, you should be welcoming them with open arms

Mm, I'm not really anti tourism. I just don't like people all crowding round the same thing, making a shitty video on their smartphone of a not-particularly-impressive event.

Even selfies have a bit more meaning to them. If people want nice videos of the clock, there's plenty available already.

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Some say if you stand quietly watching the clock, you can hear your own wallet being stolen.

Nice clock you have there.. would be a shame if someone were to.. deface it...

That can probably get you hanged, or drawn and quartered, or something.

Never heard of this clock before, I’ve seen it on here and fb now within 2 days. I’ve been in Prague for 4 days traveling. #spooky

This clock seems to be really famous in 2018.


What sort of motif uses skeletons in its design? Baroque?

Craziest Clock ever

Over 600 Years old

1 point · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Is it already that time of the week where this gets reposted? Where does the time go.

608 years Old

Good Tik Tok

1 point · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I haven't seen this fact in the comments and it will probably get buried, but, the person who was commissioned to do the clock was blinded so that he could never make one of it's kind again.

Im pretty sure he could make new kids while blind. Oh how science has advanced in 600 years /s

Came to say this. Ya the townspeople loved it so much they didn't want him making another one somewhere else so they gouged out his eyes. Great reward for a jibe well done. 👀🚫

Was this clock by chance featured in the video game Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption?

Wow, beautiful. What is an astronomical clock though?

I think it shows star positions

So beautiful in person. Impressive as all hell.

I saw this in person a few years back, one of the most beautiful historic artifact I’ve ever laid eyes on.

I’ve seen it. It’s real, and it’s spectacular.

Still looks amazing. Pretty sweet.


6 centuries? How does it adjust to day light savings? Does Prague have DST?!

WOW!! I love clocks and I can’t believe it still works

dem batteries!........

This kind of artistry is one of the big things I find missing in our modern digital world. It depresses me.

Costs as much as an iPhone X.

Was in Prague this New Years. Can confirm it is surrounded by scaffolding. Also seeing it mobbed by hundreds of people to see it strike the hour and then the eventual anti-climax.

If it doesn't tell just regular time it's pretty useless then isnt it?

The tour guide told us it was one of the most underwhelming sight seeing places in the world! It’s alright though.

Ima go turn it off.

Woah I am amazed. This like super cool

How does it work and how is it maintained?

Today I learned 4s used to be tilted to look like an upward pointing fish.

In real life, my first time with this clock was a disappointment. I stood for 30 minutes only to see a minute show. Just like having the sexy time with a girl only to ejaculate in 10 seconds. As much as you want to caress her bosom, Captain P stays limp. Your mana is just spent. Fortunately, my next visit had some additional historical context, so I was able to appreciate this masterpiece more. Just like having the sexy time with a girl but actually shaking hands with Captain P an hour before. You last more than 10 seconds, and you are actually exploring carefully the topographic folds of her sweet areolas.

pure poetry

And yet Africans couldn't invent oil paint.

Interesting fact: This area is a well known pickpocketing hotspot. Pick-pockets take advantage of people looking towards the clock to fleece them of their inventory.

Oldest? How about Stonehenge? It's not mechanical, but it is a clock.

Yeah,hard to break a 4 inch thick clockwork wheel. (Hmmmm)


We were there last summer at noon. The clock was amazing as is the entire city of Prague. I totally fell in love with the place when I discovered the Pilsner Urquell is cheaper than bottled water.

I live in Ohio. There's a gas station near my house that was built in the 1970s. So...

what a beautiful piece of art and architecture.

This is so awesome. I think its in Vietnam?

1 point · 6 months ago

I remember seeing this when I was in Praha. I heard they had the maker's eyes scooped out of his head afterwards so he could never make another one.

Glad this survived through the Nazi occupation


I️ want mini one of this in my room

The best part of when this clock chimes is the rooster at the top part of the picture it makes this centuries old "huurrrr" sound like a sad little trumpet. It's adorable.

My tour guide also told me that it is considered one of the most over rated tourist attractions in the world.

Oh, would you look at that, another astronomical clock post.

Ironically, you spent an interval of time typing that out, one which would be measurable on that clock in finite and definable terms, one which could have been spent on a more productive or fulfilling activity, and one which you will never gain back. What an astronomical waste your comment has proven to be. Are you proud of yourself?

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