Legend about clockmaster Hanus
The origin of the Astronomical Clock was misrepresented for centuries. It was believed, that the author was clockmaster Hanus, also called Jan of Ruze, who lived in the 15 th century. The story said that the clock was admired by many foreigners, but Hanus refused to show construction plans to anybody. When Prague Councillors found out that he was going to make another, even better clock, they became jealous and blinded him so he could not finish it. Later he allegedly damaged the astronomical clock in revenge, and nobody was able to repair it.
Real history of the Astronomical Clock
The real author of the clock was discovered in 1961 in an old document, which describes the astronomical dial and says it was made by Mikulas of Kadan in 1410. He probably cooperated with the astronomer and Charles University professor Jan Sindel.
After we left we started walking back towpawrds the town center, all of a sudden the we stopped and our guide pulled out a small bottle of liquor. Called Czech Slivovice - alcohol made of plums
It is thought to be a cure all when you are sick. It was strong and brunt a bit on the way down.
Next we stopped at Mincovna restaurant – we fried “Romadur” cheese with cranberries,
Our last stop wasVinograf wine bar with a nice selection of Czech & Moravian wines. We enjoyed a glass and talked with put guide about her life.. She had 4-5 different jobs.
She pulled out of her purse a Kofola – Czech “coke” drink. The recipe changes every year. It has more caffeine, less sugar and no phosphate. It think it tasted a bit like a coke that had been left out for a long time.
We said pur good byes to our guide and headed back to the hotel. We wanted to make the ballet by 6.