Got the time?
In Old Town Prague you find an impressive clock, three stories tall, clinging to the side of the Town Hall. It's called an "astronomical clock" because it displays time, day, month, year, lunar phase, sunrise, sunset, moon rise and set, weather forecast, baseball scores, latest political polling results, stock market.... WAIT, I'm getting carried away. Don't believe what I just said!
The point of this post and my drawing is that this clock has been around to announce time to the gathering crowd of sight-seers since 1410. Over 600 years and still ticking! As the hour strikes, 4 foot wooden replicas of apostles come out of a little door, twirl around, then reenter another door. Great show!
Another "great show" on Old Town square was the beheading of 27 Bohemian noblemen religious leaders, probably coinciding with the clock striking a designated hour on June 21, 1621. I use the term "great" only to get your attention, not to glorify the event.
If interested in cause and consequences of this historical event, google "Prague, Day of Blood". If interested in my imaginary conversation with one of these martyrs, google "BCM Spotlight Blog". The Moravian Church will publish this as a blog on June 13; my 7th blog of the series interviewing ancestors of the church.
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