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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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A several chronograms on the Plague Column in Kutná Hora

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/20/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1764 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Štirín , Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Štirín village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/19/2019

last visited: never

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/18/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1710 - Statuary St. Isidor - Kutná Hora, Czech Republicview gallery
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Three chronograms on the pedestal of St. Isidor in front of the Jesuit College in Kutná Hora

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/17/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1810 - Statuary St. Joseph Foster Father - Kutná Hora, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of St. Joseph Foster Father of Jesus in front of the Jesuit College in Kutná Hora

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/17/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1723 - Svatý Jan Nepomucký / Saint John of Nepomuk, Smecno, Czechiaview gallery
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Chronograms1723 - Svatý Jan Nepomucký / Saint John of Nepomuk, Smecno, Czechia

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Chronogram na podstavci sochy sv. Jana Nepomuckého ve Smecne / Chronogram on pedestal of statue of st. John of Nepomuk in Smecno

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/17/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1756 - Statue St. John of Nepomuk, Uhy, Czechiaview gallery
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Chronogram na podstavci sochy sv. Jana Nepomuckého v Uhách / Chronogram on pedestal of statue of st. John of Nepomuk in Uhy

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/13/2019

last visited: 11/14/2019

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Chronograms1704 - Pieta - Albrechtice, Czech Republic.

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The four chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of Pieta

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1663 / 1713 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1663 / 1713 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic

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Two chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Ústí nad Orlicí

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1850 - Statue of St. Florian - Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. FLorian in Ústí nad Orlicí

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1762 - Statue of St. Wenceslaus - Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republicview gallery
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Three chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. Wenceslaus

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1719 - Statue of St. Barbara - Ceská Trebová, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Barbara in centre of Ceská Trebová

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/12/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1717 - Statue of St. Catherine of Alexandria - Ceská Trebová, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Catherine of Alexandria in centre of Ceská Trebová

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1710 - St. Procopius Column - Damníkov, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the St. Procopius Column in Damníkov

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

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Chronograms1761 - The calvary - Žamberk, Czech Republic

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The chronogram on the calvary sculptures

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1768 - The Holy Trinity Column - Jakubovice, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1768 - The Holy Trinity Column - Jakubovice, Czech Republic

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Two chronograms on the Holy Trinity Column in Jakubovice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1684 - Marian Column - Lanskroun, Czech Republicview gallery
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A several chronograms on the Marian Column in Lanskroun

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1767 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Horní Hermanice, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Horní Hermanice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1737 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Rudoltice, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Rudoltice village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/11/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1704 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Helvíkovice, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Helvíkovice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/10/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1792 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk  - Jablonné nad Orlicí, Czech Republicview gallery
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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Jablonné nad Orlicí town

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/9/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1841 - Statue of St. Florian - Jablonné nad Orlicí, Czech Republicview gallery
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Chronograms1841 - Statue of St. Florian - Jablonné nad Orlicí, Czech Republic

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Florian in Jablonné nad Orlicí town

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/9/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1715 / 1735 - The Holy Trinity Column - Cervená Voda, Czech Republicview gallery
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Two chronograms on the Holy Trinity Column in Cervená Voda

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/9/2019

last visited: never

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The chronogram on the cross plinth

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Olomoucký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/8/2019

last visited: never

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