by Sandro Pintus
That strange clock by Paolo Uccello
A work of art that is very popular among Israelian tourists because it contains reminders of Jewish culture can be found on the inner facade of the cathedral. It works by counting the hours after sunset until it arrives at the twentyfourth hour of the following day and the next setting of the sun; it also moves anticlockwise (as compared to modern clocks and watches). This method of measuring time seems somewhat odd to us nowadays but it was perfectly normal for our predecessors. The hours, written in Roman numerals, start from the lower part of the clock face (from the 6 of modern clocks) and continue from left to right to 24; the head of a prophet can be seen painted on each corner of the face. An exceptional machine that was built in a period that was thriving with the ideas and inventions of human culture.
See also: A birthday to conclude a millennium The cupola, masterpiece of Brunelleschi The machines used for the construction of the cupola Programme of the main cultural events A tour of the Duomo, reaction of the foreign tourists
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