Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vatican is a Sundial

Did you know the Vatican has a sundial? Out in the middle of St. Peter's piazza there is an Egyptian obelisk from 1300 BC. It was placed in Rome near what was originally the Circus of Nero, a site of martrydom of early Christians. St. Peter's Basilica was finally marked with twelve zodiak stones, added in 1817, to mark out the hours within its spherical courtyard. How neat is that?!

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