Dar al-Magana (Water Clock), Fes
There is a legend that claims the house of the water clock was the residence, at one time, of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides. Maimonades was also an astromoner. A "muwaqqit" in Arabic. A muwaqqit would be responsible for a water clock. This may be the start of the legend.
The clock consists of 12 windows and platforms holding brass bowls. A small cart, pulled by ropes, ran behind the doors of the twelve windows. The cart had a weight at one end of the rope. At the other end the rope connected to a weight floating in a reservoir of water that drained at a controlled rate.
A door opened each hour and a ball dropped into one of the 12 brass bowls. A roof sheltered the doors and bowls. Sadly the clock has been out of commission for several generations. No one knows how to restore it. Where is a muwaqqit when you need one?
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