Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 489
State/Province:  Durango Country:  Mexico
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  Good
  Latitude:   24° 52' N Longitude: 103° 38' W
  • Next to the church of San Antonio de Padua, and located right in front of the main square.
  • This vertical dial is 2m tall by 1.2 m wide and sits atop a quarried column nearly 7 m high. The gnomon on each face is approximately 60 cm long, and 16-19 mm in diameter. Each face has Roman numerals to indicate apparent solar time from 6am to 6pm. Alpha and Omega Greek letters. A carved cross at the twelve hour line. Inscribed "1904"
General Information:
  • Owner: City of Cuencame
  • Designer: Probably Francisco Vazquez del Mercado
  • Builder: Silvestre Aros
  • Construction Date: 1904
  • Jan 2000 in Gnomonica, the Italian gnomonic society magazine. An informative brochure is also distributed to visitors at the dial site.