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Saracinesco - Civic Museum of TIME

Saracinesco - Civic Museum of TIME

The Civic Museum of Time is a special place where science and landscape are connected. In the small village of Saracinesco in the province of Rome, located on a peak at almost 1000 meters above sea level, there are 7 museographic positions placed strategically between the sunny alleys, representing the main instruments of time measurement used in the past.

MUSEUM SECTION The main museum section is located inside an old municipal mill whose rooms have been restored and specially equipped to serve the information-educational pole.

MUSEOGRAPHIC STATIONS The theme of time and its measurement is dealt through six perfectly functioning positions placed in a strategic position along the urban fabric:

• Post 1, equatorial solar clock: the simplest of the solar clocks, represents a model of the terrestrial-equator axis

• Post 2, globe of Matelica: sphere of crystalline white marble discovered in 1985 at the city of the same name, represents a unique model of ancient solar clock

• Post 3, pastoral solar clock: cylindrical tall solar clock,

• Station 4, horizontal clock: clock whose time is read from the meeting of the shadow of the stylus to the ground

• Station 5, horizontal clock: clock where the stylus is represented by the observer who, positioning himself on the line of the local noon, sees his own shadow projected on the dial of the hours reported on a circumference placed on a perpendicular horizontal plane.

• Station 6, vertical clock: clock whose hour is read from the shadow meeting of the stylus to the horizontal plane. In this watch you can see the equinoctial line, the solstices with indication of the zodiacal signs and the line of the local noon calibrated on the Saracinesco.

• Post 7, vertical clock: clock with stylus derived from the shadow that is generated from the eyes of the frog. This particular clock has been placed following the redevelopment of the old municipal wash house.


ACCESSIBILITY' The main section covered at the former mill is accessible to people with motor disabilities. The open-air museum path entails difficulties for the use of equal spaces by disabled people equal to that of visiting a medieval village.