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Another 24-hour clock

Chiesa di San Giacomo di RialtoPhotography by Carlos Dorce

Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto
Photography by Carlos Dorce

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:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: map

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An astronomical clock in Venice

Astronomical clockPhotography by Carlos Dorce

Astronomical clock
Photography by Carlos Dorce

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:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

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!

Location: map

The House of the Blackheads

House of the Blackheads (Riga)Photography by Carlos Dorce

House of the Blackheads (Riga)
Photography by Carlos Dorce

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.

House of the Blackheads in 1891
Source: Wikimedia Commons

I’ve been in Riga twice and I’ve always admired this beautiful house! And the astronomical clock on its front!

Astronomical clockPhotography by Carlos Dorce

Astronomical clock
Photography by Carlos Dorce

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)