Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

During the 1500s, the idea of turning lead into gold with alchemy was sought after by many including Emporer Rupert II of Bohemia. He employed Edward Kelley as an alchemist. We visited the historic tower where Kelley produced gold from a red liquid and mercury. It is suspected that some fakery was involved, but it would be interesting to learn if any real science was done or discovered by the alchemists.

Kelley Tower, 1546

View from the tower
Some of the preserved creatures in the lab

A homunculus

Kelley's study

More lab equipment

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