The Astronomical Clock in Olomouc
Last week, in response to Paula’s Black and White Sunday Challenge, I posted a picture of the moving figures of the City of Olomouc’s (Czech Republic) astronomical clock. I think it merits a couple more shots. It is unique to say the least. 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. The clock suffered extensive damage when the retreating German army opened fire on the town hall as passed through Olomouc in May 1945, in the final days of WWII. The revised design took on a decidedly Soviet appearance when it was reconstructed in the socialist-realism style during the first years of communist rule in Czechoslovakia (1948-early 1950s). Athletes, workers, farmers, scientists and other members of the proletariat replaced the old religious and royal figures and symbols.