The world’s newest and also most accurate astronomical clock is located in a small Slovakian village Stara Bystrica. The horologe was built in 2009 by a Slovakian sculptor Viliam Loviška and an architect Ivan Jarina. Only very few tourists know about this unique attraction in Slovakia and unlike in Prague, visitors don’t have to worry so much about someone photobombing their pictures.
The horologe is run by a satellite-controlled software which allows it to display true solar time which allows it to be very accurate.
The most interesting part of the clock is its astrolabe showing the position of the moon and the sun on an endless journey through the zodiacs. The clock also translates the way humans interpret these constant astronomical shifts, labeling not only the minutes and hours but also the days and months. A golden arrow strikes each day’s date.
The building, too, is a piece of art on its own. The structure forms the shape of a seated woman in billowing clothes that resemble the Virgin Mary. Bronze busts of historic Slovakian figures are perched within nearby niches. An hourly parade of 7 small statues representing Slovakian saints occurs during the day, set to a soundtrack of the tower’s tolling bells.