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St. Augustine  

Sundial: 611
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude:   29° 54.072' N Longitude: 81° 18.744' W
Location:
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
    38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

    Dial is on the six-story bell tower
 
Description:
  • Approximately 2 x 3 foot vertical painted dial on wall of cathedral. Dial face includes hour lines with Roman numerals and 15 minute marks, and location coordinates. Wall orientation and gnomon alignment not verified.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: St. Augustine Catholic Church
  • "PEREVNT ET IMPVTANTVR"

    “The hours pass, and we must account for them”
  • Designer: bell-tower designer James Renwick
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: Original dial 1887
 
References:
  • On Sept 8, 1565. Spanish admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles sighted the Florida coast,
    estabilishing the first permanent colony in the United States. Though over the years, small parish churches and the chapel of a hospital were used for worship, Dec. 8, 1797, a new church was completed and formally dedicated. on the banks of the Matanza River. A fire destroyed the church in 1887, but the walls and façade were left standing, and the cathedral was rebuilt th

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