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Sundial at Seitenstetten Abbey

Sundial at a chimney of Seitenstetten Abbey

The inscription “Ora et Labora” refers to the motto of the Benedictines. It translates into “Pray and Work”. The depiction is located on a chimney of Seitenstetten Abbey (Stift Seitenstetten). This is a large Benedictine monastery in the Austrian region of Mostviertel.

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Sundial in Tamsweg

Sundial on the parish church in Tamsweg, Austria

This sundial on the parish church of Tamsweg was created in 1741. It shows James, son of Zebedee (Jakobus, Sohn des Zebedäus) The saint is also known as James the Great (Jakobus, der Ältere). The depiction of this structure refers to the fact that James is the patron of the church.

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Sundial in Bruck an der Mur

Sundial in Bruck an der Mur, Austria

This sundial on a residential building shows two depictions of the Styrian city of Bruck an der Mur. In the upper part, you can see Landskron Castle and parts of the former city walls. In the lower part, several residential buildings represent the modern Bruck an der Mur. At the bottom right, the city arms complete the presentation.

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Sundial in Salzburg

Sundial at the old university of Salzburg

This fresco with a sundial is located on a wall of the old university at the Max-Reinhard-Platz. It was created by Georg Jung (1899-1957). The depictions refer to the four faculties of that university which was founded by Prince Archbishop Paris von Lodron in 1622.

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Sundial at St Peter’s Archabbey in Salzburg

Sundial at St Peter's Archabbey in Salzburg, Austria

The sundial is located in a courtyard of St. Peter’s Archabbey (Erzabtei St. Peter) in Salzburg. The two crossed keys under the picture represent the coat of arms of the abbey. The old man seems to be Saint Benedict, whose attributes rule book and raven are to be seen. I wonder what the raven is telling him?

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Nassauer Haus in Nuremberg

Sundial on the Nassauer Haus in Nuremberg

The Nassauer Haus is a medieval residential tower in the centre of Nuremberg. The name is misleading. The tower has nothing to do with the aristocratic dynasty House of Nassau. After a previous owner, the building is also known under the name Schlüsselfeldersches Stiftungshaus.

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Sundial in Maria Saal

Sundial on St Mary's Church in Maria SaalThis sundial is located on an outer wall of St Mary’s Church in Maria Saal. The church is also known under the name Propstei- und Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Himmelfahrt or Maria Saaler Dom. Worth seeing are also several Roman tombstones, which are installed in the outer wall of the church.

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Sundial in Kufstein

Sundial in Kufstein, Tyrol

This pic shows a sundial in Kufstein, a city in the Austrian state of Tyrol. In the upper part, one can read a saying: ‘I only show the sunny hours, the gloomy and dark ones I conceal’. I am especially impressed by the fact, that this sundial, located in the Austrian mountains, is showing a big sailing ship in the background.

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Sundial at the Stallhof

Sundial at the Stallhof in Dresden, Germany

This sundial is located on the court side of the Long Hallway (Lange Gang). The Long Hallway is the connection between the Georgenbau and the former stable building. From here, the spectators watched the tournaments in the stable courtyard (Stallhof). On the street side of the Long Hallway you can find the Procession of Princes.

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Sundial at the Albrechtsburg

Sundial at the Albrechtsburg in MeißenThis sundial is one of two pieces attached to a corner of Albrechtsburg. The Albrechtsburg is deemed one of the first palace buildings in Germany. Even from a distance, you can see the towering white walls of the late Gothic castle when approaching Meissen.

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Sundial in Udine

Sundial in Udine, Italy

On my urban walk through Udine I come across this sundial. I like the modern style. Unfortunately I don’t know the meaning of Nulla Fluat Quin Doctura. It sounds like you should teach them, there is no flow. Which flow?

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Sundial on Reichenau Abbey

Sundial on Reichenau Island, Germany

This sundial is located on a wall of Reichenau Abbey on Reichenau Island. It shows not only the motto ‘Pray and Work’ (ora et labora) but also Saint Pirmin, the founder of Reichenau Abbey. The two snakes refer to the fact that he is considered to be a patron against snake bites.