Inside the Astronomical Clock Tower
Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 7, 2013
I’ve always loved climbing towers, long before I took up photography as a hobby. When I was in Greece, I scaled acro-everything. That’s one of the reasons I adore Europe–so many things to climb! These photos show the ramp up to the top of the Old Town Hall tower. The curvy double-helix structure in the middle is the elevator. I’m glad that our visit post-dated the stairs, which had a bad reputation in guide books. They were described as rickety and very hard on the knees. The ramp made this tower one of the easiest I’ve ever climbed.
These photos are somewhat out of order chronologically. Here’s the ceiling of the entrance hall.
Unfortunately, the Senate and Council chambers were not open when we visited the tower, but I photographed the magnificent doorways in passing.
Detail of Senate door, showing date “1610.” (The Senate now meets in the Wallenstein Palace, across the river.)