City sundial

Sundial assembled in Bereza, near local history museum, at crossroads of Lenin and Sovetskaya streets

Sundial assembled in Bereza, near local history museum, at crossroads of Lenin and Sovetskaya streets

The sundial has been paid for using money generated during a city subbotnik, and its installation was organised by the District Executive Committee’s Department for Ideology, Culture and Youth Affairs, under a project named If I Were District Head.

Senior pupils Darya and Artem Goshko and Darya Misevets, from Bereza’s secondary school #2, proposed the idea, which was personally chosen by the Chairman of the District Executive Committee, Yuri Narkevich. The pupils have received diplomas and prizes, while the city has gained an unusual composition.

Alexander Kragel, the Deputy Head of the District Executive Committee’s Department for Ideology, Culture and Youth Affairs, doubts that the sundial can be used to synchronise watches. However, the most accurate time can be gained during the summer solstice, according to astronomers, when the slope of the gnomon can be adjusted. “With this in mind, we’ll launch the dial next June,” he comments.

Last summer, Grodno received an unusual sundial within a flowerbed, near Farny Roman Catholic Church. There is something similar in Lida. Meanwhile, the oldest is to be found at the Roman Catholic Church in the village of Ishchelno (Shchuchin District).

By Valentina Korobova
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