Prague’s as­tro­nom­i­cal clock to be re­stored

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - SPECIAL REPORT: MORTGAGES - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ma­jor re­pairs of Prague’s Old City Hall have started, in a process that will see one of the Czech cap­i­tal’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions — the fa­mous me­dieval as­tro­nom­i­cal clock — taken off site for months.

Work­ers be­gan on Tues­day to erect scaf­fold­ing around the hall’s tower to fix dam­age, some of which dates back to the Sec­ond World War.

From May, the tower that of­fers a mag­nif­i­cent view of the pic­turesque Old Town will be closed for vis­i­tors.

It’s ex­pected to re­open by De­cem­ber.

City Hall spokesman Vit Hof­man says the clock — in­stalled on the tower in 1410 — will func­tion un­til Jan­uary when it’ll be re­moved for restora­tion.

Hof­man says the clock will be “com­pletely dis­as­sem­bled” and that it should be back in place in June or July next year.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ma­jor re­pairs of Prague’s Old City Hall have kicked o at­trac­tion, the fa­mous me­dieval as­tro­nom­i­cal clock. . It will see a long-term re­moval of the Czech cap­i­tal’s ma­jor tourist

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