Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Orloj Astronomical Clock


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Selain Charles Bridge yang terkenal itu, Orloj Astronomical Clock adalah salah satu spot penting yang wajib dikunjungi (dan tentunya difoto) bila kita ke Praha. Buat bisa motret dengan damai disini tanpa melibatkan kepala turis lain benar-benar diperlukan perjuangan keras, apalagi kalau lensanya tidak mendukung *jeritan hati*.

What is the Orloj ?
Basically, the Orloj is a clock with a history line better than a Grisham novel plot, (see below).
It does astronomical 'things' and also entertains about every tourist who comes to Prague for at least three minutes.

The famous saying "See Naples and die" can be used in the case of the Orloj but we suggest in modifying it to "Don't die before you see the Orloj ! ". (Orloj.com)

The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj (Czech: Pražský orloj, [praʒski: ɔrlɔi]) is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, at 50°5′13.23″N, 14°25′15.30″E. The Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square and is a popular tourist attraction.

The Orloj is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. (Wikipedia)

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Picture taken at Staroměstské náměstí, Prague, Czech Republic
Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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