||The famed astronomical clock
at the Old Town Square was built in 1490. The clock shown at left tells conventional time.
Below it is a series of other clocks that give the current zodiac sign, coordinated
with the sun. On the hour, figurines emerge from their closets in what is supposed
to be a story representing greed, vanity, and death. With the passing of time, a
skeleton figurine rings the hourly bell.
While it is very impressive that the clock is
still running to this day, I felt it was something of a disappointment to see. Also
a word of caution, with many tourists standing around watching with mouths gaped open, it
is open season for pickpockets, so be on guard.