Black & White Sunday: Unexpected

Soviet Inspired Astronomical Clock

Moving figures on astronomical clock, Olomouc Town Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Moving figures on astronomical clock, Olomouc Town Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic

When the city of Olomouc rebuilt its astronomical clock after it suffered damage in WWII, the revised design took on a decidedly Soviet appearance. It is one of only two astronomical clocks in the Czech Republic, the other being in Prague. The original clock dated to the 16th century. When the retreating German army passed through Olomouc in May 1945, in the final days of WWII, they opened fire on the town hall, causing serious damage to the clock. The clock was reconstructed in the socialist-realism style in the first years of communist rule in Czechoslovakia (1948-early 1950s).  Athletes, workers, farmers, scientists and other members of the proletariat (mother and child on right) replaced the old religious and royal figures.  The figures move when the clock strikes noon.


Paula’s Black & White Sunday: Unexpected


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Having only seen the more popular and touristy astronomical clock on the Old Town Square, this is actually an interesting discovery and new knowledge. Thanks for the share, Marie.

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I visited Olomouc because several guidebooks said it was a small version of Prague. I don’t think that is really the case but it did have some interesting sites, including the clock.


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