The Prague Astronomical clock just turned 605 years old and what better way to celebrate a one of a kind birthday than to be featured in a Google Doodle. The oldest clock of its kind in the world celebrated its birthday this October 9 with the help of Google as they share the history and origin of the magnificent clock that has withstood disasters for over 600 years, reported by Telegraph UK.
The one of a kind clock is Prague?s most famous tourist attractions and is located in the center of the city at the Old Town Square. Figures surrounding the magnificent clock include Death (a skeleton holding an hourglass), a miser holding a bag of coins (representing greed), a Turk shaking his head, and Vanity looking at its mirror. And in 1865, Josef Manes added the 12 zodiac medallions below the clockface itself, shared by Telegraph UK.
?Despite over half a millennium of wear and a brush with disaster in WWII, much of its original machinery remains intact, making it the oldest functioning clock of its kind in the world,? according to Google. ?Today?s Doodle honors a magnificent achievement in medieval engineering and a cultural landmark whose symbolism, design, and intermittent repairs are a remarkable catalogue of Europe?s past.?
Here are some things you need to know about the one of a kind clock from Heavy:
Anyone can view the inside of the clock by using Google Streetview
You can view the inside of the Prague Astronomical clock and see its engineering and how it works by going to Google Streetview. And thanks to Google, you don?t even have to travel all the way to Prague?s old town just to see it. But of course, it?s better to see the clock and be standing right next to it.
The clock?s designer was a priest and a scientist
According to Heavy, the clock was constructed in 1410 by Mikulas of Kadan, and priest and scientist Jan Sindel. Mikulas was the primary clockmaker while Jan was the astronomer of the two.
It?s older than Joan of Arc
The Prague Astronomical clock was already functioning for two years before Joan of Arc was born and actually a century older than William Shakespeare. And for Americans, the clock is surprisingly 310 years older than the United States of America, according to Heavy.
So let?s greet the Prague Astronomical clock a very happy birthday and hope that it can stand for another 600 years.