Prague Gothic tower & Bridge

Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben
25-26 oct 2014

 

                                           Staroměstské náměstí (Old city square)

 

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                           St Francesco’s statue on Carlo’s Bridge

 

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Street Performers

 

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View from Clock Tower

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                             Karlův most  ( Carlo’s Bridge )

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                                                  The Swan colony in the Moldava river

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 In Prague there are many jazz band. Every day play music on the bridge and square of the city.

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                                                                     The Andy Wharol Gallery
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                        Prague orloj   ( Prague astronomical clock )
  The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical   clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

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The astronomical dial is a form of mechanical astrolabe, a device used in medieval astronomy. Alternatively, one may consider the Orloj to be a primitive planetarium, displaying the current state of the universe. The astronomical dial has a background that represents the standing Earth and sky, and surrounding it operate four main moving components: the zodiacal ring, an outer rotating ring, an icon representing the Sun, and an icon representing the Moon.

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Sun
The golden Sun moves around the zodiacal circle, thus showing its position on the ecliptic. The sun is attached to an arm with a golden hand, and together they show the time in three different ways:
  1. The position of the golden hand over the Roman numerals on the background indicates the time in local Prague time.
  2. The position of the Sun over the curved golden lines indicates the time in unequal hours.
  3. The position of the golden hand over the outer ring indicates the hours passed after sunset in Old Czech Time.
Additionally, the distance of the Sun from the center of the dial shows the time of sunrise and sunset. Sun and hand of the sun are at the 365 teeth gear inside the machine.
Moon
The movement of the Moon on the ecliptic is shown similarly to that of the Sun, although the speed is much faster (due to the Moon’s own orbit around the Earth). The half-silvered sphere of the moon also shows the Lunar phase. Moon is on the 379 teeth gear inside the machine.

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                          The Central Subway Station of Mustek

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   Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

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