this clock was made in 1410 and is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. it can be found in Prague’s Old Town Square. and if you happen upon it when the hour change, (which I recommend you arrange for that serendipitous occasion to occur), it is something truly awe-inspiring to witness all of it’s intricate parts moving in a perfectly synchronized pattern. anyone standing in the presence of such a masterpiece would likely recognize it as such, but would appreciate it even more to know that the maker never made another like it. not because he considered it his life’s best work, not because he was afraid of never making anything as brilliant again, but because, as legend has it, he was blinded with acid just after it was completed- to ensure that no other city could claim one of his clocks. such a story could make the traveler grow weary or sad, but instead consider it a responsibility. to ensure that this man was not blinded in vain. to recognize his masterpiece, to be humbled in its presence, to pay tribute to his craftsmanship and to the mindless vanity that has entombed it. this, this is why we travel.