At What Time Do You Live?
In an age when clocks as we know them didn’t even exist, Genoa was a big clock!
In the XIII century the city was divided in twelve segments that corresponded pretty much to the twelve parts of the clock. Everything started from an “umbilicus” (centre) universally recognized. However it is not clear what and where this centre was. Perhaps it was the Cathedral or maybe it wasn’t even bound to the urban reality but to the Bizantine tradition.
If you wanted to locate a place you had only to indicate the “contrata” or “carrubeus”. This kind of coordinates was based on scattered indications (not more than twenty) referred to churches but also to civic locations.
Anyway, this locating method disappeared after 1266.
Come and discover at what time would you like to live!