Parnidis Dune and Sundial (in Nida)adminlithuania
An observation point is arranged on the top of Parnidis Dune. This is one of the most popular places of tourist attraction around Nida. A sundial was installed here in 1995. Original idea by an architect R. Krištapavičius, sculptor – K. Pūdymas, astronomical calculations by R. Klimka. This particular area was not randomly selected – Curonian Spit is the only place in Lithuania where the sunset and sunrise occurs from the water surface. The height of a gnomon (pin) has been 12 m. (2 m. underground) before the arrival of a hurricane Anatol as of 4 December 1999. The gnomon is decorated with the symbols of calendar holidays that were copied from the runic calendars of the 17th century. The Sundial after reconstruction was introduced to the community in 2011. Three decorative sculptures – “Winter Solstice”, “Spring Equinox” and “Autumnal Equinox” – were added to the entire complex. The author of Sundial – Ričardas Krištopavičius. All the visitors of Parnidis Dune may enjoy the view from the newly arrange observation site.