The Astronomical Clock Tower, built in Prague in 1410, is the world’s third oldest clock and also the oldest clock in operation. The clock is getting located in the Old Town Square, which gets considered the city center of the period when it was getting built.

Astronomical Clock Tower In Prague
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This machine was not just an ordinary watch; it was also used as a tool by astrologers, mathematicians, and magicians as a means of its structure and features.

According to legend, the clock was getting built to master Hanus, who was famous at the time by order of the Czech King. Master Hanus was deliberate gets blinded after finishing the clock.

Because after the construction of the clock has gained worldwide fame, other country Kings have offered to master Hanus to design the Watch.

The Czech King who heard this, blinded Master Hanus so that he could never do anything like this machine again.

Shortly after this incident, master Hanus committed suicide by hanging himself in the clock tower.

And because of his anger with the king, before he killed himself, he broke it in such a form that no individual could eternally use the Watch again, and for a long time, no one was able to fix it.

The design and functioning of the clock were so sophisticated that no one else could understand the clock’s system except Master Hanus at that time. But 50 or 100 years later, another clock master managed to repair the Watch.

Another myth about the story of the clock is that it was getting designed as the ‘Eyes of Satan.’ The clock did not have statues and decorations in its original form.

Some of the sculptures and other decorations on the Watch started to be added about 80 years after the clock was built. It wasn’t designed to attract attention.

He was supposed to be the timekeeper of evil. And every time the Czech lands faced a disaster, he stopped working hours.

Even today, it is said that many people in the Czech people still maintain this belief, so they are terrified that the clock will stop.

In fact, according to this legend, it is said that Master Hanus was blind because he made a watch serving alchemy and sorcery, which was seen as a source of evil.

Later research revealed that the clock was designed by Mikulas Kadan, a mathematician, professor, and personal doctor of the Czech King Wenceslas.

The Astronomical Clock Tower has been severely damaged and even in danger of collapse several times over 600 years of history. First, the clock was severely damaged in a fire in 1865.

During the Second World War, the Nazi attacks and the uprising of the people of Prague against the Nazis in 1945 were very damaged.

It was repaired and restored in 1948. The treacherous company, which was responsible for the repair of the Watch, wanted to throw the whole system away and replace it with a modern watch system but was given up because of later disagreements.

In this way, an engineering wonder like The Astronomical Clock Tower could be inherited to future generations.