Since last July, Prague’s famed Astronomical Clock has been out of commission as it undergoes extensive repairs.
Today, however, at least part of the Astronomical Clock will be returning to the Old Town Hall tower at Prague’s Old Town Square.
Previously, the four of the large wooden statues that decorate the Clock’s exterior had been removed for restoration, and 24 mechanical pieces that ring out every hour were dismantled. The wooden statues that decorate the clock are intended to represent mankind’s sins and good deeds.
Over the course of today, each of those pieces will be coming back to the exterior of the Clock at Old Town Hall.
The Clock itself, however, will still remain out of commission, for approximately the next six months. Restorers will next work on the Astronomical Clock’s internal mechanism, a process intended to bring it closer to its original construction.
The Clock had previously undergone repairs in 1866 and 1946, following damage after WWII.
That last restoration process included the installation of an electric drive that has since been deemed unsuitable. The new restoration will return the original ropes and gears to the Clock’s mechanism.
At a price tag of 9.4 million crowns, the current restoration is expected to be the most extensive in the Clock’s history.
One of the oldest still-working clocks in the world, Prague’s Astronomical Clock dates all the way back to 1410.
Still a major tourist destination for Prague visitors, the total time of repair work on the clock is estimated at about 18 months.