Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society

St. Augustine  

Sundial: 440
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Good
  Latitude:   29° 53' N Longitude: 81° 18' W
  • Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine at the corner of Cathedral and St. George streets
  • The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine was founded on Sept 8, 1565. A rectangular building 42 feet wide and 120 feet long formed the original structure, with walls of coquina, a rocklike amalgam of sea shells. A fire destroyed much of the Cathedral in 1887, but the walls survived. The reconstruction includes a new bell tower at the South end of the Cathedral. A vertical sundial is painted on the South wall of the tower about 15 feet above ground above a doorway. The dial is about 3 by 4 feet with simple lines marking the hours and quarter hours from 8 am to 5 pm. The gnomon is a simple rod and appears bent. A picture of the dial taken at 12:30 EDT on March 12 shows a shadow time of about 2;15.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner:
  • Inscribed "pereunt et imputantur" (The hours pass, and you will be held accountable).
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  • Construction Date: Recent
Last Revised: 2019-02-09 18:22