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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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  • Type of numerals used
  • Text of the original chronogram
  • English translation of the chronogram
  • Pure chronogram?
  • Natural chronogram?
  • Website explaining the chronogram
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Image for 1736 - Statue of Mater Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows) - Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt, Austriaview gallery

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Statue der Mater Dolorosa mit lateinischem Chronogramm / Statue of Mater Dolorosa with chronogram in Latin

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 9/9/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1730 - Kreuzwegkirche / Way of the Cross Church - Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm über dem Eingang zur Kreuzwegkirche / Chronogram above the entrance of the Way of the Cross Church

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 9/15/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1723 - Statue of St. John Nepomuk - Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1723 - Statue of St. John Nepomuk - Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt, Austria

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A chronogram with German text on the pedestal of St. John Nepomuk.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 9/7/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1732 - Nepomuksäule / John of Nepomuk column - Eisenstadt, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm auf einer Nepomuksäule / Chronogram on a John of Nepomuk column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Burgenland, Austria

date approved: 1/26/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1730 - Benediktinerhof - Gumpoldskirchen, Austriaview gallery

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Direkt gegenüber dem Rathaus von Gumpoldskirchen befindet sich der „Benediktinerhof“ The "Benediktinerhof" is located directly opposite the town hall of Gumpoldskirchen

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member este-cache

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 4/20/2021

last visited: never

Image for 1718 - St. Johann Nepomuk - Mödling, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1718 - St. Johann Nepomuk - Mödling, Austria

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Statue des Johann Nepomuk Statue of Johann Nepomuk

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member este-cache

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 4/20/2021

last visited: never

Image for 1713 - Pestsäule / Plague column - Mödling, Austriaview gallery

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Zwei Chronogramme auf Pestsäule / Two chronograms on Plague column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 4/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1949 - Grabstein / Tombstone - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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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 1754 - Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Vienna, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1754 - Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Vienna, Austria

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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 T0SHEA

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 2/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1723 - Gasthof Weißer Löwe - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1723 - Gasthof Weißer Löwe - Wien, Austria

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Chronogramm am ehemaligen Gasthof "Zum weißen Löwen" / Chronogram on the former inn "Zum weißen Löwen" (The White Lion)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 7/24/2021

last visited: never

Image for 1728/1729 - Epitaph am Stephansdom - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1728/1729 - Epitaph am Stephansdom - Wien, Austria

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15 Chronogramme auf einer Steintafel / 15 chronograms on a stone tablet

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/13/2018

last visited: 7/2/2019

Image for 1738 - Capistrankanzel am Stephansdom - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1738 - Capistrankanzel am Stephansdom - Wien, Austria

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Chronogramm auf der Capistrankanzel am Stephansdom / Chronogram on the Capistrano Pulpit at St. Stephen's Cathedral

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/14/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1679 - Pestsäule - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm in den letzten 4 Zeilen der Inschrift / Chronogram in the last 4 lines of the inscription

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/12/2018

last visited: 9/21/2018

Image for 1698 - Peterspfarrhof - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm am alten Pfarrhof der Peterskirche / Chronogram on the old vicarage of the St. Peter's Church

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/17/2018

last visited: 9/21/2018

Image for 1713 - Mariensäule - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Zwei Chronogramme auf einer Säule / Two chronograms on one column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/11/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1767 - Ungarische Botschaft - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm auf der ungarischen Botschaft / Chronogram on the Hungarian Embassy

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/15/2018

last visited: 8/25/2019

Image for 1644 - Mariensäule - Wien, Austriaview gallery

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Chronogramm auf einer Mariensäule / Chronogram on a Marian column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Wien, Austria

date approved: 6/16/2018

last visited: 7/7/2016

Image for 1723 - Marian column / Church of St Stephen the King - Bratislava, Slovakiaview gallery

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A chrnonogram in the statue in front of the Church of St Stephen the King (Kostol sv. Štefana), in Bratislava

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob

location: Bratislavský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 9/29/2018

last visited: 8/16/2020

Image for 1733 - Old town hall - Bratislava, Slovakiaview gallery

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Chronogram on the old town hall of Bratislava

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Bratislavský kraj, Slovakia

date approved: 9/13/2018

last visited: 9/21/2019

Image for 1735 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Dyjákovice, Czech Republicview gallery

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 6/17/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1746 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Hrádek, Czech Republicview gallery

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 6/17/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1680 & 1780 - Mariensäule / Marian column - Retz, Austriaview gallery

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Chronograms1680 & 1780 - Mariensäule / Marian column - Retz, Austria

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Drei Chronogramme auf Mariensäule / Three chronograms on Marian column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching

location: Niederösterreich, Austria

date approved: 4/7/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1745 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Slup, Czech Republicview gallery

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 6/17/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1735 - Statue of St. Florian - Hodonice, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Florian

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 6/17/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1222 & 1728 - Dominikánský klášter / Dominican convent - Znojmo (South Moravia)view gallery

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Chronograms1222 & 1728 - Dominikánský klášter / Dominican convent - Znojmo (South Moravia)

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Two chronograms on the entrance portal of Dominican convent (Dominikánský klášter) in Znojmo indicate the years of the convent establishment and the laying the foundation stone of the its Baroque western wing.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 5/6/2020

last visited: never

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