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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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  • Text of the original chronogram
  • English translation of the chronogram
  • Pure chronogram?
  • Natural chronogram?
  • Website explaining the chronogram
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Image for 1779 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Lodhérov, 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. Peter and St. Paul

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 12/1/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1779 - Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus  - Lodhérov, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Jude Thaddeus beside the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 12/1/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1719 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk -  Jindrichuv Hradec, 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: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 12/1/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1764 - The Holy Trinity Column  - Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republicview gallery

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Three double chronograms on The Holy Trinity Column

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 12/1/2019

last visited: 11/29/2020

Image for 1775 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Mnich, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Mnich village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/25/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1728 - Statue pedestal - Straz na Nezarkou, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of St. John of Nepomuk in Straz na Nezarkou

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 8/1/2018

last visited: never

Image for 1713 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Zirovnice, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Zirovnice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/25/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1730 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Studená, Czech Republicview gallery

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The four chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Studená village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/30/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1717 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Horní Cerekev, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Horní Cerekev

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/25/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1748 - Marian Column - Ceský Rudolec, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the Marian Column close to Ceský Rudolec

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/30/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1693 - Wayside shrine - Pelhrimov, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the wayside shrine

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/24/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1736 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Ceský Rudolec, Czech Republicview gallery

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Three chronograms on the pedestal of the statuary of St. John of Nepomuk in Ceský Rudolec

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/30/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1761 - The chapel portal - Ceský Rudolec, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the portal of the cemetery chapel

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/30/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1732 - Wayside shrine - Ceský Rudolec, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the wayside shrine

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/30/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1768 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Telc, Czech Republicview gallery

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1712 - Marian Column - Cervená Recice, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the Marian Column in centre of Cervená Recice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/23/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1718/1719 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Nová Ríše, Czech Republicview gallery

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Three chronograms on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Nová Ríše village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/28/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1727 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Rantírov, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in centre of Rantírov village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/27/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1869 - The cemetery gate - Jihlava, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram above the cemetery gate in Jihlava

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/27/2019

last visited: 2/12/2020

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

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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 11/27/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1747 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Dolní Mesto, 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: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 9/7/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1757 - Statue of St. Anne - Soutice, Czech Republicview gallery

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A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Anne in centre of Soutice village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 11/23/2019

last visited: never

Image for 1740 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Jamné, 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: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 6/27/2020

last visited: never

Image for 1726 - Statue pedestal - Šlapanov, Czech Republicview gallery

NENE62.3 km

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Chronograms1726 - Statue pedestal - Šlapanov, 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: Kraj Vysočina, Czechia

date approved: 9/18/2018

last visited: 8/10/2019

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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