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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 1691 - Maison de la Louve - Bruxelles, Belgiqueview gallery
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[EN] This chronogram, whose major capitals indicate the year 1691, is due to the talent of Pierre Herbosch. [FR] Ce chronogramme, dont les grandes capitales indiquent l'année 1691, est dû au talent de Pierre Herbosch.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin

location: Brussels, Belgium

date approved: 1/15/2019

last visited: 12/27/2018

Image for 1697 - La Maison du Roi d'Espagne - Bruxelles, Belgiqueview gallery
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Chronograms1697 - La Maison du Roi d'Espagne - Bruxelles, Belgique

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[EN] This chronogram, whose major capitals indicate the year 1697, is an elegiac couplet due to the talent of the poet Petrus van der Borcht. [FR] Ce chronogramme, dont les grandes capitales indiquent l'année 1697, est un distique élégiaque dû au talent du poète Petrus van der Borcht.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin

location: Brussels, Belgium

date approved: 1/12/2019

last visited: 8/14/2018

Image for 1732 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Prague, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside the Church of Saint Joseph

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

date approved: 1/5/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1783 - L'église Saint-Vincent - Walhain, Belgiqueview gallery
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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: Brabant wallon, Belgium

date approved: 12/26/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1731 - Chapelle Notre-Dame des Affligés - Villers-la-Ville, Belgiqueview gallery
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[FR] Un chronogramme gravé en lettres dorées juste en dessous de la niche sur un bloc de pierre bleue. [EN] A chronogram engraved in golden letters just below the niche on a block of blue stone.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PaulLassiter

location: Brabant wallon, Belgium

date approved: 12/5/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1669 - Eglise Notre-Dame de la Visitation - Villers-la-Ville, Brabant Wallon, Belgiqueview gallery
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Chronograms1669 - Eglise Notre-Dame de la Visitation - Villers-la-Ville, Brabant Wallon, Belgique

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[FR] Chronogramme gravé sous la petite niche baroque de la tour. [EN] Chronogram engraved under the small baroque niche of the tower.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Waldog

location: Brabant wallon, Belgium

date approved: 11/29/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1715 - Chapelle Saint-Bernard - Villers-la-Ville, Belgiqueview gallery
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[FR] Un chronogramme gravé dans un bloc de pierre au dessus du portail baroque de la chapelle. [EN] A chronogram engraved in a block of stone above the baroque portal of the chapel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PaulLassiter

location: Brabant wallon, Belgium

date approved: 11/26/2018

last visited: 3/7/2015

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Chronograms1721 - Marian Column - Uherské Hradište, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the Marian Column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/21/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1758 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Praskolesy, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1758 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Praskolesy, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

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A chronogram above the entrance to the house (former school)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1720  - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Dobrív, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside old stone bridge

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1728 - Burgher house - Plzen, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the wall of burgher house

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1708 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Hadacka, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1708 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Hadacka, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1767 - Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus - Plasy-Babina, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1767 - Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus - Plasy-Babina, Czech Republic

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Three chronograms on the pedestal of the statue St. Jude Thaddeus

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1742 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Nekmir, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside of Nekmir village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/17/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1722 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Radnice, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Radnice town

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/16/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1710 - Statue of John of Nepomuk - Rakovnik, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1710 - Statue of John of Nepomuk - Rakovnik, Czech Republic

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Two chronograms on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Rakovnik

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/14/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1730 - Statue of   St. John of Nepomuk - Teresov, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue/statuary of St. John of Nepomuk

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/14/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1743 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Hrebecniky, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Hrebecníky village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/13/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1713 -  St. John of Nepomuk column  - Krivoklát, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the lower part of St. John of Nepomuk column in Krivoklát

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/13/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1733 - Statue of St. Francis Xavier - Zvikovec, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1733 - Statue of St. Francis Xavier - Zvikovec, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. Francis Xavier in Zvikovec village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/13/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1722  - Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus - Senomaty, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. Jude Thaddeus in centre of Senomaty village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1749 - Marian column - Rakovnik, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1749 - Marian column - Rakovnik, Czech Republic

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Three chronograms on the Marian column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1725 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Malesice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1725 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Malesice, Czech Republic

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Two chronograms on the pedestal the statuary of St. John of Nepomuk in Malesice village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1766  - Statue of John of Nepomuk - Touskov, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1766 - Statue of John of Nepomuk - Touskov, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside Touskov

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Plzeňský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2018

last visited: never

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