Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 916
State/Province:  Missouri Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 37° 43.633' N  89° 53.400' W
  • A vertical sundial painted on a southward facing wall of St Mary's of the Barrens church.
    1811 W. St. Joseph St.
    Perryville, Missouri
  • The sundial is attributed to Vincentian Brother Angelo Oliva, being painted sometime in the 14 year period between 1823, when he arrived in Perryville to lead the reconstruction of the original, wooden church into the present one made of stone, and 1837 when he died. The dial has been recently repainted.
General Information:
  • Owner: St. Mary's of the Barrens church
  • Designer: Vincentian Brother Angelo Oliva
  • Builder: Vincentian Brother Angelo Oliva
  • Construction Date: 1823-1837; repainted circa 2017
  • John E. Rybolt, “Notable Vincentians: Brother Angelo Oliva,” Vincentian Heritage Journal, Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 4, 1989. Available via the internet from DePaul University at

    Trish Erzfeld, Dir. of Tourism for Perry County,photographer of 916_mo_perryville_StMarys_of_the_Barrens-1a.jpg

Last Revised: 2018-09-07 18:36

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