jeudi 12 juillet 2007

Borj Qarawiyine:

Borj Qarawiyine belongs to Dar Al Mouakkit “time setter house” which is close to the Qarawiyine mosque. The house is composed of a ground floor, an upper floor, a patio and of course the tower which is situated in the southern side of the house, rising to a height similar to that of the minarets of the Old Medina.
The Qarawiyine Tower was used by observers who were scholars in astronomy, so as to observe the beginning of the lunar cycle; it was used too by the Neffar “the trumpeter” to wake up the Old Medina’s dwellers to have their last meal “S’hour” before sunrise during the holy month of Ramadan
Nowadays, the house and the tower by its turn know some restoration and small changes, as they are designed to be an astrolabe museum.

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