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During the first two decades of the 20th Century, the town of Mogador changed in appearance and in lifestyle. New infrastructures were created and, at the request of the important people in the town, the town clock was first erected above the Souk El Jadid beside the El Haddada mosk.
But the result was unsatisfactory. The mechanism was removed and the municipality decided to build a tower in the Mechouar, to have it leaning on the Kasbah ramparts and to put a chime in it. Building and setting up started in 1926 and the work ended in 1928.
Engineers from French companies undertook to start the mechanism and the town resounded with the ringing of bells every quarter of an hour.
The clock worked until 1998 and since then, all the attempts to set it to work again have failed. As usual, History changes according to the person who speaks: some say that this clock dates from 1913 and that it was a present from General Lyautey who is supposed to have asked the town inhabitants for what they wanted. The answer would have been: “l’gana oul’magana” i.e. “ a place of relaxation, a cottage and a watch” therefore “ a clock”! The beach cottage is still there on the sea for relaxation and the clock is still there…. but, without the chime!