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Šumperk Astronomical Clock

Šumperk, Czechia

This copy of the famous Prague Astronomical Clock is the result of one man's passion project. 


When Miroslav Nečas retired, he decided to turn the vent turret over his workshop into a chime. What started as a simple endeavor quickly turned into a far more ambitious project, one that would take him nine years to complete. The result is a copy of the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. In order to pin down all of the details, Nečas consulted Petr Skála, the Prague Astronomical Clock administrator.

Constructing an astronomical clock requires a mastery of crafts ranging from metalwork to painting. Luckily, Nečas is a man of many talents. Over the course of his career, he worked as an electrician, a machinist, a teacher, and a builder. He obtained the necessary gear from the only watchmaking school in the Czech Republic, in Jihlava. 

Like the Prague astronomical clock, the one in Šumperk has a skeleton ringing the bell. The astrolabe and drum machine are copies of the original at a scale of one-to-three. Nečas did make a few stylistic adjustments, such as swapping an owl in for a rooster. There’s also an eagle in the shield, the emblems of the town of Šumperk on the sides, and plum branches as a symbol of slivovitz. Representations of historical crafts take turns in the window between the plaques of Saints Cyril and Methodius.


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Fortunate visitors may be able to meet the clock's creator, who is often happy to provide them with a custom stamp.

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