Prague’s Astronomical Clock, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, dates back to 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and oldest one still working, according to Wikipedia.
The first record of the clock’s existence is from October 9, 1410, making today its 605th anniversary.
To mark the occasion, Google has created a special Doodle that will be seen today in countries throughout the world.
From the Google Doodle blog: “Today’s Doodle honors a magnificent achievement in medieval engineering and a cultural landmark whose symbolism, design, and intermittent repairs are a remarkable catalogue of Europe’s past.”
Most Google Doodles are localized to specific regions; Prague’s Astronomical Clock will appear in much of Europe along with Australia and selected areas in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, according to the Google Doodle blog.
Other recent Czech-related Google Doodles have included the 110th birthday of Zdeněk Burian earlier this year, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution last November, and the National Theatre’s 110th birthday in 2013.
The Astronomical Clock Doodle’s reach, however, is the widest by far.