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Santo Domingo  

Sundial 348
State/Province:   Country:  Dominican Republic
Dial Type:  Pillar Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   18° 04' N Longitude:   66° 45' W
Location:
  • Front of Museo de Casas Reales, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo
 
Description:
  • At the upper end of a tapering pillar is a rock cube with vertical dials on two faces. The dial was erected during the administration of Francisco Rubio y Pernaranda around 1753 in front of the Governor's Palace and was used during the centuries of Spanish rule as the official marker of time. An equatorial dial was placed on top of the cube probably around 1787 and was later broken off by a hurricane. In 1992, as part of the Fifth Centennial Discovery activities, the equatorial dial was reinstalled on top. Dial sits atop a mortar or rock block.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Dominican Republic
  • Inscribed "Se hizo ano de 1753" (Was made in the year of 1753)
  • Designer: Spanish
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1753
 
References:
  • Sebastian Robiou, NASS Compendium, Vol 7, No. 2, June 2000