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Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione

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Address: Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, Italy
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This solar callendar is fun to check out. Especially for Idiana Jones fans it can be rewarding to wait till noon (or one during daylight saving time) to check where the ray of... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This solar callendar is fun to check out. Especially for Idiana Jones fans it can be rewarding to wait till noon (or one during daylight saving time) to check where the ray of light falls.

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Loule, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

We have been here two days and on both occasions it has been cloudy and therefore we have not seen this work we have one more day to go I will pop over to see if it finally works and if it is really worth the extra 2K walk

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1 Thank Gerard m
Zurich, Switzerland
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610 reviews
408 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

once upon a time, people had no smartphones, not even a swatch on their wrist, but they had a Meridian. this one is large and will tell you where the sun is, if you are lucky enough to have a sunny day.

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London, United Kingdom
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275 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

It is a most complete meridian giving you the time of the month over the whole year. Unfortunately it works only when the sun shines.

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2 Thank Martino56
pescara
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144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

The solar clock built in 1798 does not give the exact time today as over the years the earth's axis shifted - however, it is interesting to see how the sun penetrating a disk above the portico will show, roughly, the passage over the meridian and the zodiac sign too

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695 reviews
314 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This solar clock is under the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo Alta. You will need to be walking almost on it to see that this is a solar clock. It has a shape of a long number "8" with zodiac signs all around it. There is a disk with a hole hanged on the building about 20 feet above the... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Takes a time to understand what those drawings on the floor are but given the age and the precision is quite something to see

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Bergamo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2013

if you want to enjoy this "meridiana" (solar clock) at its best you should to check in advance at what time you can see the ray of the sun goes through the lines. Time changes according to different season and it's written on the meridiana itself

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2 Thank fanharuka
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2013

Although this is all in Italian it is an interactive museum that engages you and holds your attention. We spent three hours before lunch and then went back for more! (ticket lasts all day) the staff were on hand to translate if you needed it but we grasped the overall meanings Buy a Bergamo Ticket from hotels or the ATB... More 

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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

Every time I go to Bergamo with my kids, a take a few moments to explain to them how this clock works. A fine example of how a meridian should be. Pity that some tuck are able to pass over it when they have to reach Piazza Vecchia. This should be really forbidden!

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