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Thursday, 30 September 2010
Meridian Hall

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This is the Meridian Hall at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.  Originally intended, at the time of the original attempt at construction in 1615, to house a public library:

The room underwent transformations between 1790 and 1793, when it was decided to install an Astronomic Observatory in the North-West wing at the suggestion of the astronomer Giuseppe Casella. However, the project was soon abandoned and only the meridian on the floor was built, giving the room its name. Designed by Pompeo Schiantarelli and over 27 metres long, it consists of a brass strip arranged between marble panels in which beautiful painted medallions are set depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. At midday local time, the sunlight enters the hole of the gnomon placed high up in the South-West corner and its rays strike the meridian line of the floor, running along it according to the season.

The room housed a dinner of leaders of the G7 group of industrialised nations in 1994.

Posted by bigblue on 30/09/2010 at 08:20 AM
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