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St. Augustine  

Sundial: 611
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude and Longitude: 29° 53.568' N  81° 18.754' W
Location:
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
    38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, FL 32084. At the corner of Cathedral and St. George streets. Dial is on the six-story bell tower
 
Description:
  • This painted dial is about 3 by 4 feet with simple lines marking the hours and quarter hours from 8 am to 5 pm. Hours are marked with. Roman numerals. The gnomon is a replacement of the original, coming out of the wall at a perpendicular angle, then bent for the slightly declining dial. Dial's painted coordinates are about 15" south and 27" east of true (Google Earth).
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: St. Augustine Catholic Church
  • PEREVNT ET IMPVTANTVR
    (The hours pass, and we must account for them)

    Latitude 29° 53' 19" N
    Longitude 81° 18' 28" W
  • Designer: bell-tower designer James Renwick
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: Original dial painted in1887
 
References:
  • On Sept 8, 1565. Spanish admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles sighted the Florida coast,
    establishing 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.

Last Revised: 2019-08-03 02:07
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