Like all European cities, the Czech capital of Prague has timepieces everywhere.
From clocks on towers…
… And churches…
… To a giant metronome on a hill above the Old Town.
Each year there’s one moment in time that, in many ways, has more global significance than most others. The strike of midnight on December 31st, which marks the end of one year and the beginning of another.
A few years ago, Sue read somewhere that Prague was one of the Top 10 places in the World to celebrate New Year. I’m not sure who gave the person writing the list permission to make this bold statement, but we decided to see if there was any truth to the claim.
We actually began the evening by going back in time, at least 500 years back in time, in one of the many restaurants located in a Medieval cellar within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage area.
But where is the best place to see in the actual New Year? In New York it’s Times Square. In London it’s Trafalgar Square.
I turns out that in Prague, the place to ring in the New Year is in front of the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall.
The Old Town Hall, much of which dates from the 14th Century, is located on Staroměstské náměstí, the Old Town Square.
At the base of the Old Town Hall’s gothic tower is the famed Astronomical Clock. The ancient chronometer was first placed there at the beginning of the 15th Century, but underwent several phases of tinkering before the thumbs up was given to the final version in the mid 16th Century.
We arrived in Staroměstské náměstí with plenty of time to look around the stalls before making our way through the huge crowd to a spot right in front of the Astronomical Clock.
At midnight, the intricate workings of the clock went through their motions to the accompaniment of fireworks being launched all over the city.
Sorry the photos are a little grainy, but they were taken with an older camera.
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