The 450 year old Robot Monk

The Robot Monk

Visitors to the Smithsonian Museum can view King Philip the Second’s promise to God – in robot form. Faced with the imminent death of his son, the King of Spain promised God a tribute if his son became well again.

When the young prince made a full recovery in the mid 1500’s, King Philip commissioned the creation of a robot monk. The tiny monk is still fully functional after well over 400 years. It walks in a circle, ¬†moves limbs and mouth, carrying a cross and a rosary, paying tribute to the God of a creative king.

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