In the Old Town Square of Prague, lies one of the most enthralling landmarks of the bustling capital of the Czech Republic: The Orloj, more popularly known as the Astronomical Clock of Prague.
This medieval clock was the most visited Czech monument and is nearing its 608th anniversary. Not seeing the Orloj during your visit to Prague is like missing the Eiffel Tower on your trip to France.
The world’s oldest astronomical clock.
According to history, the clock was built around the 15th century by imperial clockmaker Miculas of Kadan. He created it in 1410 with the assistance of astronomer and University professor Jan Sindel. Not only is it considered as a riveting artistic monument, but it also hailed as a scientific and technological masterpiece.
It does more than just telling time.
Although the mesmerizing astronomical clock shows three types of time; the Central European time, the Babylonian time and the Sidereal time, it has more to it than meets the eye.
Two hands represent the movement of the Sun and the Moon.
Actually, it shows the movement of other heavenly bodies as well, the days of the calendar with their zodiac signs, and the feast day of 365 saints.
The spellbinding procession of statues.
Everyday from morning until night time, people with their cameras flock to the old town hall to witness the captivating display and the fascinating mechanical performance of the old clock.
At the top of the hour, animated statues are set in motion to everyone’s delight.
The video below shows us the magnificent display of medieval engineering and capture one of Europe’s most remarkable landmarks.
8 Ancient Temples You Can Still Visit Today
These temples will give you a glimpse at what life was like hundreds of years ago.
There are several ancient temples around the world that are still intact today. These structures are true testaments to how our ancestors made buildings that were meant to last.
The term "temple" comes from the Latin word "templum" which was used in ancient Rome to describe a sacred precinct for priests. Today, the term is rarely used unless describing ancient structures that have withstood the test of time. Here are nine ancient temples that you can still see and visit today.
1. Dwarkadhish Temple
Jacob’s Well, One Of Earth’s Most Mesmerizing Yet Dangerous Natural Wonder
Will you have the courage to take a dive?
During the hot summer months in Central Texas, one can get relief from the stifling heat by either downing an ice-cold glass of beer, staying in their air-conditioned rooms, or swimming in one of the world’s most dangerous natural wonders, Jacob’s Well.
The mystery of Jacob’s well is what attracts people to swim in it. It is a thrill seeker’s paradise. While the waters are indeed refreshing and it’s beauty impeccable, it's also the deathbed of many a few divers. It’s a never-ending black hole that has lured people to their demise.
Jacobs Well is a karstic spring located in Hay County, southwest of Austin Texas.
Nevis Catapult, New Zealand’s Latest Thrill Ride Turns You Into A Human Slingshot
Would you try this?
New Zealand is the world's capital of adventure tourism, and it’s giving people another reason to check the place out. Since skydiving appears to be a thing of the past now, New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown offers a new adventure for thrill-seekers — The Nevis Catapult.
The Nevis Valley on New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown is home of the world's first commercial bungee jump, but it is taking things up a notch by introducing a human slingshot. However, this isn’t just a human slingshot that you attempt in your backyard; The Nevis Catapult can catapult people nearly 500 feet in mere seconds.
New Zealand got even more adventurous.