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Bethesda  

Sundial: 258
State/Province:  Maryland Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 59.990' N  77° 5.617' W
Location:
  • Bethesda Naval Medical Center At the Main Flagpole
 
Description:
  • A simple but elegant horizontal bronze dial approximately 18 inches in diameter. Design is a standard design used at U.S. Naval Hospitals. This dial was built specifically for Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Has plain raised hour lines and half-hour lines with Arabic numerals. The dial tells time from 6 AM to 6 PM. The dial base is octagonal stone that tapers into a graceful pillar. The dial sits in a shallow stone bowl about 3 feet from the ground.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Bethesda Naval Medical Center
  • Inscribed, "Temporis ars medicina fere est" (Time is made by the art of medicine)
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
 
References:
  • NASS Other Sundials of the Greater Washington Area, 1995
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dials 461 and 462
    c.f. Bethesda Naval Dial 258

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