“Babylonic” hours sundial      

Museo della Civiltà Contadina del Friuli Imperiale (Sundials courtyard)    

Photo n° 3

It was in use especially in the Middle East five centuries before the coming of Christ, but in the Middle Ages it came into use in some European countries, too (such as Bohemia and Hungary).

The hours indicated correspond to the 24th part of the time that occurs between one dawn and the next.



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