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Sundial 66
State/Province:  Quebec Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Excellent in 2008
Latitude:   46° 20.7' N Longitude:   72° 32.1' W
Location:
  • Ursuline Convent
    734 rue des Ursulines
    Trois-Rivieres
    Quebec
 
Description:
  • A declining vertical dial approximately 6 feet wide and 8 feet tall of painted wood. Diol declines 58? west of south. Dial includes a two-lined analemma noon mark that shows noon corrected for EOT. Hour lines with Roman numerals show local time from 10 AM to 7 PM. Dial is located about 30 feet high on a wall, above an alcove with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The gnomon length is correct for the shadow of the tip to fall on the noon mark. Dial furniture includes a lunar crescent and a depiction of a beaver carrying a tree branch, in a classic French tradition and similar to dials of Zarbula's overall design.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Ursuline Convent
  • Latin: DIES SICUT UMBRA
    French: comme l'umbra, les jours s'enfuient
    1860 1934
    English translation: Like the shadow, the days go by
  • Designer: Msgr. Charles-Olivier Caron
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1860; restored 1934, 1980
 
References: Web Links:
  • Mayall, p229
    The sundial catalog for la Commission de Cadrans Solaires du Quebec, "Cadrans Solaires et Gnomonique: la contribution du Quebec a ce patrimoine universel" by Andre Bouchard.