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This category is looking for chronograms from around the world. They must be part of a permanent structure, sign or plaque (not in a book of your local library) and on public display.
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A chronogram is a text in which the sum of all letters which may be interpreted as numerals yields a year. The letters intended to be interpreted as numerals are almost always highlighted by increased size or color variance, commonly red or gold. The year will, as a rule, indicate an important event, for example the year of construction of a monument or building. The event can also be a natural disaster, a battle, the birth of an heir to the throne or something similar.

Chronograms were first conceived in the Middle Ages, becoming very popular during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Often, but not always, the text is written in Latin, using Roman numerals. Chronograms can also be found with Hebrew or Arabic numerals, which will also be accepted as long as the description is sufficiently clear to allow the reader to understand how the text is converted into a year.

If the order of the letters corresponds to the usual spelling of the Roman year, we call that a natural chronogram. In any case, a smaller number is never subtracted from a larger number following it (IX = 10-1 = 9), as is the norm with Roman numbers; instead, all numerals are always summed.

If every word of the text contains at least one numeral, it is a pure chronogram.

Conversions
Roman numerals Arabic numbers
I or J 1
Y = I + I 2
V or U 5
X 10
W = V + V 10
L 50
C 100
D 500
M 1000

Examples:

  • May My neXt Venture begIn wIthout rIsks. -> MMXVIII = 2018
    This is a pure chronogram, because all words contain at least one numeral and it is also a natural chronogram, because the letters appear in the correct order.
  • My neXt Venture May begIn wIthout rIsks. -> MXVMIII -> MMXVIII = 2018
    This is still a pure chronogram, but not a natural chronogram anymore.
  • May My neXt Venture begIn wIthout any rIsks. -> MMXVIII = 2018
    This is not a pure chronogram, because the word "any" doesn't contain any Roman numerals, but it is a natural chronogram.

This is a real world example. The Latin text "sIne Labe fILIae, IoaChIM & annae, Ioseph DIVae sponsae, honorI" (in English: "in honor of the immaculate daughter of Joachim and Anna, the heavenly bride of Joseph") includes Roman numerals, that are larger than the other letters and painted in gold.

The letters ILILIICIMIDIVI sum to the year 1713.

You will find this website helpful in deciphering a chronogram you have found.

Instructions for Posting a Chronograms Waymark:

You may submit any chronogram you have the good fortune to find, no matter what its age, old or new.

TITLE

Please use the following naming convention: Year - Structure - City, State/Province/Country

For example: 1673 - Rialto Bridge - Venice, Italy

DESCRIPTION

Short and long descriptions must both be in English. Further languages are appreciated.

Try to find out to what the hidden year refers, whether it be to the construction of the structure or other events/happenings.

Add at least some information about the structure and its history. General information such as size, age, purpose, condition and/or overall appearance would be appreciated by anyone reading your Waymark. The inclusion of specific details will also enhance your Waymark.

If the letters used to create the Chronogram aren't clearly highlighted in some way, you must add an explanation to your description or add a link (in the variables) to an external source.

An English translation of the chronogram (see variables) would be great, but might be difficult to attain - therefore it's optional.

PHOTOS

Upload at least two good quality photos. One must be a legible close-up of the chronogram while another should show the structure (the house, the memorial,...) to which the chronogram is affixed. The more photos, the better.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please upload at least one photo that you took during your visit. Tell us how you like the chronogram, what its condition is and so on.
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Image for 1842 - Mozes en Aäronkerk - Amsterdam, Netherlandsview gallery
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Chronograms1842 - Mozes en Aäronkerk - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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[EN] On the architrave of the portal entrance is the Latin inscription from the year 1842. [FR] Sur l’architrave de l’entrée du portail se trouve l’inscription latine de 1842. [NL] Op de architraaf van de portaalingang staat de Latijnse inscriptie uit het jaar 1842.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin

location: Noord-Holland, Netherlands

date approved: 3/21/2019

last visited: 3/17/2019

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[FR] Chronogramme gravé dans une pierre surmontant le porche d'entrée de l'église. [EN] Chronogram engraved in a stone surmounting the entrance porch of the church.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PaulLassiter

location: Namur, Belgium

date approved: 3/18/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1766 - Statue of Guardian Angel - Mariánská Týnice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Four chronograms on the pedestal of the statue Guardian Angel beside the Mariánská Týnice monastery

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/6/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1766 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Mariánská Týnice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside the Mariánská Týnice monastery

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/6/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1734  -  Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Valašské Klobouky, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Valašské Klobouky

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Zlínský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/6/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1750 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Dolní Krupá, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside the Church of St Vitus

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 3/3/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1707 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Malec, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Malec village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 3/2/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1730 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Hermanuv Mestec, Czech Republicview gallery
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Five chronograms on the pedestal of the statue/statuary of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Hermanuv Mestec

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/2/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1728 - Statue of St. Donatus of Arezzo - Kladruby nad Labem, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue St. Donatus of Arezzo

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 3/2/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1747 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Pardubice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Pardubice town

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1739 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Dašice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1729 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Holešovice, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside of Holešovice village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1754 - Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Vienna, Austriaview gallery
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This is the Chronogram on the pedestal of a John of Nepomuk statue. Dies ist das Chronogramm auf dem Sockel einer Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 2/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1737 - Statue of Virgin Mary - Dolní Újezd, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of Virgin Mary in Dolní Újezd village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/27/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1731 - Marian column - Policka, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronograms on the Marian column in Policka

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/26/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1713 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Bystré, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Bystré village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 2/26/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1712 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Jimramov, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Jimranov

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 2/25/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1764 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Nové Mesto na Morave, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside the Church of sv. Kunhuta

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 2/24/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1726 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Zvole, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Zvole village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 2/24/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1765 - Statue of Ecce homo  - Radešín, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of Ecce homo beside of Radešín village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 2/24/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1749 - Marian Column  - Záborná, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the Marian Column in Záborná village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 2/24/2019

last visited: never

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Chronogramm am Grabstein von Johann Dolezal / Chronogram on the tombstone of Johann Dolezal

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 2/18/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1750 - Pfortenhaus der Klosteranlage - Königswinter-Heisterbacherrott, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germanyview gallery
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DE: Doppeltes Chronogramm am Pfortenhaus des Klosters Heisterbach. EN: Double chronogram at the gate buildung of the monastery of Heisterbach.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 2/6/2019

last visited: never

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Chronograms1760 - Statue of St. Florian - Nectiny, Czech Republic

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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. Florian

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 1/31/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1733 - Statue of Saint Michael the Archangel - Manetin, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of Saint Michael the Archangel is located beside Vysoka cesta in Manetin

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 1/31/2019

last visited: never

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