Yesterday, while we were walking near Ponte di Rialto looking for a bar to drink a spritz, I found the Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto with a big 24-hour clock. Maybe I should look for some information about this kind of clocks:
Today we’ve visited Venice. It’s not my first time in this city but today it has been snowing so it has been a special day. Piazza di San Marco is the central square of Venice and the place where the tourist find almost all the important buildings of the old city: the Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica di San Marco, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana,… Next to the Basilica, there is an interesting astronomical clock:
As you can see the Sun is located over Pisces (21st of February) and there is a typical 24 hour-clock around the astronomical clock.
What a wonderful day!
The House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) is located in the heart of the old town of Riga. It’s a building erected in the first half of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads who was an association of local unmarried ship owners and merchants founded in the 14th century. The house is one of the most folkloric buildings in the city because of its ornamentation built during the XVIth, XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. In the Second World War, the house was destroyed by the German bombs (1941) and the current picture was built in the period 1995-1999.
I’ve been in Riga twice and I’ve always admired this beautiful house! And the astronomical clock on its front!
The clock has three circles. The upper one indicates whether it is day or night and the the lower one points to the day of the week. The main clock is a calendar (days and months) and a analogical clock (hours and minutes). I want to return to Prague to enjoy its great astronomical clock but I think that this one can be just as interesting as the Czeck one!
Location: The House of the Blackheads (map)