Let me just say these few things:
- It was first installed in 1410 - THAT IS OVER 600 YEARS AGO.
- That makes is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world.
- It is also THE ONLY ONE that is still working.
(P.S. Get your lazy ass right underneath it, otherwise you won’t see shit.)
Prague, the Czech republic
Karlštejn castle, the Czech republic
High Gothic castle founded in 1348, which has a unique position among Czech castles. It was built by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping of the royal treasures, especially Charles’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire.
After coming to power in January of 1968, Alexander Dubček attemped to gain more rights for Czechoslovakia and its citizens in a Soviet dominated and Communist led society which lacked them.
This period of liberalization, now known as Prague Spring. It lasted from January until August 21, when Soviet troops and Warsaw Pact allies invaded Czechoslovakia in order to stop the liberalization. They met student demonstrators but no military forces and easily took over.
Czechoslovakia would finally overthrow the repressive government in December of 1989. They military occupation finally ended the next year.
August 21, 1968 - 43 years ago today.
Making the Impossible Decision
On August 12, 1961, immediately before the construction of the Berlin Wall this couple makes the decision to pass their son over barbed wire to West Berlin.
The original caption:
A German fate at the fence of barbed wire!
It may be that a couple from Berlin will never see each other again because it became separated by the drawing of the line across Berlin. On August 12, one day before Ulbricht had ordered to surround West Berlin with barbed wire, a man was flying into West Berlin. His wife should follow him a few days later as the little son was still in a holiday-camp. In the meantime the nearly impenetrable “iron curtain” was drawn around West Berlin. The couple met at the fence of barbed wire. The “Vopo” guard was indulgent and allowed the meeting. The couple discussed their situation and they decided that the little son shall grow up in freedom. At a moment when the “Vopo” did not watch them the mother handed the child over the barbed wire.
Prague, Czech republic
Strahov Library, Prague