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Slovak Astronomical Clock

The only astronomical clock in Slovakia is the biggest wooden statue in Slovakia. It has the form of a sitting Our Lady of Sorrows, the patron saint of Slovakia, and it shows the exact astronomical time. The so-called astrolabe which forms the heart of the clock is a dial with astronomical data. The clock strikes time from 8.00 a.m. till 10.00 p.m. every hour and during the striking, 7 Slovak saints appears on the clock.

Did you know that... ?

The wooden figure inconspicuously standing in the clock’s tower is an ancient portrait of “vartáš” (night watchman). In the past, they had a significant role in Slovak villages, and they were appointed by every village that could afford them.