From early 2017 through fall of 2018, Prague’s Astronomical Clock went through an extensive renovation process that saw the local landmark out of commission across more than 18 months.
The renovation work aimed to bring Prague’s Astronomical Clock closer to its original medieval appearance.
On Wikimedia Commons, the online user-sourced repository of free-to-use photography, the City of Prague and photographer Martin Frouz have released thousands of photographs that depict the entire renovation process from late 2017 through September 28, 2018, when the renovated Astronomical Clock was unveiled to the public:
All photos courtesy Wikimedia Commons, Martin Frouz/Magistrát hl. m. Prahy
The Astronomical Clock in Prague was originally built in 1410, making the 600+ year old clock one of the oldest in the world.
Renovations done on Prague’s Astronomical Clock in 2017-8 included restoring the astrolabe in the center of the clock’s face to its original design, inserting new stained glass windows, and replacing the electric drive that was installed on the Clock in the 1940s with something closer to the original mechanical system that powered up the landmark for the previous five centuries.
Overall, the 2017-18 renovation of Prague’s Astronomical Clock were the most extensive in 120 years. The total cost of renovating the Prague Astronomical Clock came in at 61 million crowns.