This Magana, or hydraulic clock, hangs above the medina (the walled, old quarter of the city), just across the street from the entrance to the Abu Inania Medersa, one of the largest theological schools in Morocco.
Eagle-eyed Epcot fans know that a replica of this clock exists in the Morocco Pavilion, just left of the entrance to Restaurant Marrakesh. Epcot’s version is an idealized one: what the clock may have looked like when it was in working order, back in the heyday of water clocks.
The real clock was built in 1357 by the astronomer master Abou l’Hassan Ali Tlemsani and used a complex system of water released into 13 metal bowls on regular intervals. Today, the clock mechanism is in extreme disrepair, with no more bowls left on the wooden perches.
It may be a bit hard to find in the medina’s maze but if you can navigate to the Abu Inania Medersa or Cafe Clock, a well-publicized restaurant with great reviews, you know you’re close. The clock is just above the cafe’s entrance corridor, across the street from the Medersa.
- Read about our visit to this location and other Moroccan points of interest in our blog post: Treasures of Morocco: Finding Epcot’s Real-Life Landmarks
Rue Talaa Kebira, Fes, Morocco