A big sundial in Madrid

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

This great set of sundials is located in a little park next to Puerta de Toledo of Madrid. It was designed by Alberto Corazón from the astronomical calculations made by Juan José Caurcel. It was built in 1988 and the Council restored it in 2005. In fact there are six different sundials in this structure:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

For example, you can see a polar dial on the top of the ‘box’ of the next picture and a lunar dial on its front. In the first one you can read the equation of time from 21st Junt to 21st December meanwhile the second is for determining the night hours in the six days after the Full Moon (the two dials in the left part of the structure are complementary to these ones!).

MDR02

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Regrettably, Spain is in a very deep economic crisis (although Spanish prime minister always says that everything is going to be OK!) and the space for equatorial and the vertical dials are occupied by homeless who don’t agree the prime minister’s optimism.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: Puerta de Toledo in Madrid (map)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: