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Ventura  

Sundial: 1007
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude and Longitude: 34° 16.861' N  119° 17.850' W
Location:
  • 225 East Main Street
    Ventura CA 93001

    Buena Ventura Mission. In the courtyard near the Father Junipero Serra Statue
 
Description:
  • The central part of the bronze sundial, approximately 12 inches in diameter, has the traditional hour marks and divisions into 15 minute intervals and surrounded by Roman numerals from 5am to 7pm. South of the gnomon is a simple compass rose with four cardinal points. With the dial at ground level the gnomon has led a hard life and is now held to the dial plate with improvised brackets. Surrounding the dial, doubling the size to 24 inches in diameter is an elegantly engraved ring of the twelve figures of the zodiac, each named on the outer ring with the corresponding month on the inner ring.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Buena Ventura Mission
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Builder: Unknown
  • Construction Date: circa 2000
 
References:
  • Buena Ventura Mission dates from 1782 when it was founded by Father Junipero Serra. The mission was destroyed by fire in 1793 and rebuilt in 1812. Today there is a museum on the site as well as a modern church.

Last Revised: 2020-11-22 13:53

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