Orientation of churches by magnetic compasses

@article{Arneitz2014OrientationOC,
  title={Orientation of churches by magnetic compasses},
  author={P. Arneitz and Andrea Draxler and Roman Rauch and R. Leonhardt},
  journal={Geophysical Journal International},
  year={2014},
  volume={198},
  pages={1-7}
}
  • P. Arneitz, Andrea Draxler, +1 author R. Leonhardt
  • Published 2014
  • Geology
  • Geophysical Journal International
  • SUMMARY In Christian religion the sunrise is of great symbolic importance. Therefore, many churches constructed in the Middle Ages point towards geographic East. Although ‘easting’ of churches actually refers to the alignment towards the azimuth of sunrise on the individual churches’ patron’s day, deviation of nave alignment from the geographic East direction is often assumed to be caused by the use of magnetic compasses. Therefore, the church alignment could provide information about… CONTINUE READING
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