Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione

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Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione

Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione
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Tomek
Poznan, Poland7 contributions
Ray of the sun
Aug 2021 • Friends
This brilliant creation of human genius is easy to miss. Watch your step carefully, because you don't want to trample this wonder. Look for white marble and an intricately carved groove tracing the path of the sun's rays throughout the year.
Written August 8, 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,326 contributions
Well preserved 18th century sundial
Dec 2019 • Couples
The sun enters the portico and give you the time, fantastic.
Once you understand how it works, it’s great to spend a few minutes looking at how the sun, so far away, is dedicated to drawing the floor so close to gold. To think how easy it is to forget that there is nothing in the course of our days that can happen without the rest of the universe moving to allow us who are here to enjoy the light and the shadow, to observe the drawings generated by a small hole.
Written December 7, 2019
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hopehousecottage
Worcester, UK397 contributions
It’s a sundial!
Nov 2019 • Family
Piazza Vecchia, the main square in the centre of the Città Alta (upper city) in Bergamo is an imposing place. The square contains a beautiful fountain at it’s centre and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Also crammed in around this relatively small pace are the city’s 17th century cathedral, the astonishing Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, a 12th century tower, a 14th century baptistry and protruding, almost rudely, into the square, the Palazzo della Ragione, replete with loggia.

With all this architectural grandeur to absorb it’s easy to miss the elaborately engraved strips of marble set in ground beneath the loggia. It’s even easier to miss the small bronze disc hanging at the apex of one of the arches. Together the bronze disc and the marble strips form the Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione - a sundial, first installed in 1798 and twice restored over the 200 years or so it’s been there. The marble strips run north-south with the main strip marking local noon and the two thinner outer strips marking a quarter-to and a quarter-past. The bronze disc (the gnomon) casts the shadow to mark the time.

There are all manner of markings engraved into the sundial including an analemma (figure of eight shaped scale showing the path of the sun throughout the year) as well as the signs of the zodiac and other astrological/astronomical stuff. It’s all rather fascinating and quite a bit scientific, and a lot of people just walk straight past (or is it passed?) or over it!
Written November 15, 2019
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elmila
Stuttgart, Germany406 contributions
You get right past it
Oct 2019
The sundial and the meridian point directly to the north. One inevitably comes by. We found it very interesting and stopped for a few minutes to read and understand everything. There are also the zodiac signs shown.
Written October 14, 2019
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CotswoldsMidge
Cotswolds529 contributions
Interesting once you know what it is
Jun 2019 • Couples
Hopefully a guide will point it out, or you will actively look for it as it would be easily overlooked.

Once you work out how this works it is quite fascinating, anyone used to sundials will understand how these markings were constructed as a type of calender.
Written July 1, 2019
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Elizabeth Quinn
20 contributions
The Meridiana
Feb 2019 • Solo
A fascinating item which you will stumble upon as you reel from Cathedral and Basilica and try to catch your breath after all that beauty. The lines run across the floor and you wonder what is this? It is a very clever 'flow-chart' showing Meridians, Planets, months and astrological signs, which you can spend as much or as little time as you wish working out.
Written March 3, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Search after it
Nov 2018 • Couples
This is not so obvious what is meaning of the white lines under the porch of the Palazzo della Ragione. If you ask, you will always find some locals, who can explain what is it, and how it works. Very interesting.
Written November 25, 2018
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travelsafer
6,844 contributions
Under the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo, Italy
Oct 2018 • Family
While you walk under the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo you may miss this solar calendar on the floor. It has a shape of an elongated "8" and several captions indicating the months and season. The panel with a hole through which the ray of light passes and projects on the floor is attached above on the Palazzo ceiling facing the basilica.
Written October 28, 2018
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Ciotinelli
Karachi, Pakistan320 contributions
Nice piece of history
Dec 2017 • Friends
Nice Sun Months calendar, very interesting construction.
take the opportunity to get explaination from some Tourist guide becuuse it is really interesting
Written December 30, 2017
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Bywood
Toronto, Canada612 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2017 • Couples
We happened to stumble across this solar timepiece in the middle of the upper city. Unfortunately we could not find any explanation as to what it was or how it worked. Always something interesting to discover as you travel throughout Europe.
Written December 26, 2017
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