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A Sundial in Cesi


[image ALT: A painted surface with a blazing sun in the center and above it, scrollwork with roses. From the center of the sun a stylus pokes out at an angle. It is a sundial in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

In the main square of Cesi (Umbria).

The gnomon casts no shadow on its elaborate analemma: it was a very cloudy day. On the other hand the motto,

Hora fugit: ne tardes!
The hour is passing fast: don't be late!

is very good advice. To my regret, I didn't heed it — ambling thru the streets of Cesi photographing everything in sight — and as a result was suddenly caught in a torrential downpour of unexpectedly cold rain: for a week after, maybe the worst flu I ever had.


[image ALT: An inscription, reading 'Latitudine 42°36′32″, Longitudine 12°35′11″, Decl. parete 39°48′ S/W'. It is a detail of a sundial in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

The coördinates
42°36′32″ N 12°35′11″ E
and the declination of the wall
39°48′ SW


[image ALT: A painted ribbon with the inscription 'Stelio Mancinelli fecit'. It is a detail of a sundial in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]
		
[image ALT: A painted ribbon with the inscription 'Marina Lara, Rita Pietralunga Pinxerunt'. It is a detail of a sundial in Cesi, Umbria (central Italy).]

Designed by Stelio Mancinelli; painted by Marina Lana and Rita Pietralunga.


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