Sundials throughout Europe, France, Italy, and Great Britain many sundials of one kind or another are found on cathedrals and small churches. There is hardly a city or town in some localities where at least one sundial can not be seen. Innumerable books contain many pictures of sun dials. It would be folly to say that any lack interest, but we have selected two sundials of extreme interest that are not well known. They are of interest, because of their character and use, and neither is attached to the cathedral building. The unusual sundial at the portal of the Church of Brou at Bourg, France, was brought to our attention by a recent tourist to France, who was looking for sun dials.
It will be recognized as an analemmatic sundial, but it goes further than that; the equation of time is incorporated in the figure eight carved in the oblong stone situated in the center of an ellipse outlined with small pieces of marble. If the perpendicular iron gnomon of the sundial is placed over the mark on the figure eight which corresponds to the proper day, the shadow cast will point toward the hour of standard time for the locality. A perfectly aligned sundial! Sun Dials are popular garden decor. Add a sundial to your garden today, and remember that sundials make great gifts!