Czech Republic Unveils World’s Tallest Sundial (Probably)

Via Wikimedia / Marek Hladík

The Krašov Transmitter Tower, located between the villages of Bezvěrov and Krašov in the Pilsen region, is the Czech Republic’s second-tallest structure.

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Built around 1960 and rebuilt after being damaged during 1980, the transmitter currently receives multiple radio and digital & analog TV channels.

At 347.5 meters tall, it’s a mere eight meters shorter than the Liblice B transmitter near Český Brod, the tallest structure in the country.

To put that height into perspective, the transmitter tower is more than five times the height of Prague’s Petřín Lookout Tower, which measures 64 meters. It’s even taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which measures 325 meters at its tallest point.

Here’s the Krašov Transmitter Tower in its native environment:

Via Wikimedia / Marek Hladík
Via Wikimedia / Marek Hladík

Earlier this week, however, some creative Czechs revealed what was the result of two years of work, transforming the transmitter into what might be the largest sundial in the world.

“When I flew a motor parachute a few years ago around the transmitter’s surroundings, I noticed how the mast casts a beautiful full shadow on the surface of the earth,” Václav Sidorjak, the originator of the project, told Právo.

“At that moment, I thought of turning the Krasov transmitter into a huge sundial that would be unparalleled in the world.”

To complete the sundial, five tin alloy structures measuring five meters wide and three meters tall were constructed surrounding the transmitter, marking hours from two to ten.

The hour markers surround the transmitter at distances of 200 to 260 meters.

More hours may be added at a later date. The current cost of the project is estimated at 140,000 crowns.

The structure obliterates the previous record height of a Czech sundial: a clock at náměstí T.G.Masaryka in Třešť that measures 8.21 meters tall.

It’s also, most likely, the tallest sundial in the world. The Samrat Yantra sundial in Jaipur, measuring 27 meters, has previously claimed that distinction, though taller skyscrapers in major cities around the world can also conceivably cast shadows used to tell time.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.