Prague Astronomical clock figures being repaired

AP News
Posted: Jan 13, 2012 7:19 AM
Prague Astronomical clock figures being repaired

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.