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Sundial 874
State/Province:  Ontario Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Vertical Condition:  E
Latitude:   42° 18.7167' N Longitude:   82° 59.7333' W
Location:
  • Saint Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church
    2690 Seminole Street
    Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1X7
 
Description:
  • A vertical stone sundial made of white quartzite approximately in a 6 x 4 feet rectangle. The dial face includes engraved hour lines from 7am to 6pm in Arabic hour numerals for Eastern Daylight Time and an elegant engraved outline of St. Dimitrije based on a partially preserved 14th century fresco of the Saint in St.Mary's Church, Donja Kamenica, Serbia. Rather than summer and winter solstice lines, a single hyperbola indicates the route of the gnomon shadow's tip on 8 November - the day of St.Demetrius (St. Dimitrije). In fact, the gnomon is represented at St. Demetrius' sword (or more appropriately, his spear). A small bell is engraved at 10am indicating the time of morning liturgy. At about 11:15 if you look closely, you can see the subnode point (polos montaza) of the gnomon tip used for alignment during construction.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Saint Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church
  • Serbian Orthodox Church St. Dimitrije
  • Designer: Milutin Tadic, PhD, Professor of Geology at Belgrade University
  • Builder: Dejan Sekulovic and Slavko Vidakovic, sponsors
  • Construction Date: July 2016
 
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  • The outline of St. Demetrius on the sundial is from a partial 14th century fresco, reproduced in a vector graphic, transferred to foil and then engraved by sandblasting the sundial quartzite board.

Last Revised: 2017-07-09 11:18