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Washington  

Sundial: 34
State/Province:  District of Columbia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 55.738' N  77° 4.290' W
Location:
  • Washington National Cathedral
    3000 Wisconsin Ave.
 
Description:
  • A cathedral landmark. 6 foot rectangular crypt with a 2 foot circular horizontal dial in bronze. Adjoining the dial is a cross noon marker that casts its shadow onto the crypt with major Christian holidays marked through the year. Gnomon has a folded shape of 2 cm width but the hour lines form only one dial center although the space at noon gap is 1 cm.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Washington Cathedral
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1906
 
References:
  • Twelve Sundials of Washington DC, nr. 5.
    Mayall, p.245.

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