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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR PARTY!

In the photo you can see the oldest tower clock in Poland. The first mention of the clock dates back to 1368 when the clock was placed on the tower of the Town Hall in Wroclaw. In 1569 a higher tower was built and a new clock was installed. This clock had four faces divided into 24 hours. The clock was imprecise because the beginning of the day was set at sunset, so at any time of the year at a different hour. In 1580 the time measuring system was changed from 24 to 12 hours and the old clock faces were removed. New faces were divided into 12 hours and they had only one hand. These faces have survived at the tower to this day. The clockwork has been repeatedly rebuilt and improved, the current mechanism dates back to the 19th century and weighs 2 tons. A man has to wind up the clock every day.

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  • Copyright: Ryszard Michalik (rychem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 785 W: 0 N: 1832] (18927)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-12-28
  • Categories: Event
  • Camera: Nikon D70
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-30 21:26
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