Four wooden figures on the Czech capital's famous medieval astronomical clock have been removed for repairs.
Clock keeper Petr Skala said Friday that the figures need a regular fix of paint to prevent humidity damage.
Skala said the clock _ installed on Prague's old-town hall in 1410 _ won't be shut down during the restoration. Legend has it that when the clock stops the capital faces catastrophe.
The figures being repaired include the clock tower's famous figure of Death _ represented by a skeleton.
The repairs will take about two months. On return, another four will be repaired.
Prague was hit by record flooding in 2002 just after the clock last ceased to operate.