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The Green Meridian — Part 2: Today [ Thursday, 13 Dec 07 | 10:46 ]
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Green Meridian Monument
Green Meridian Monument

In the center of the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes in Barcelona there is a memorial to the meridian, a work of the French sculptors François Scali and Alain Domingo, that represents the most significative lengths and highs of the Green Meridian. It was a donation from the city of Dunkirk to Barcelona to commemorate the bicentennial of the initiation of the measurement of the Meridian in the year of the Olympic Games (1992).

Paris Meridian Plaque
Green (Paris) Meridian Plaque

Before the monolith was erected last year, there was a plaque on a rock on the Ocata beach in El Masnou that memorialized the Paris Meridian entering into the Mediterranean. This was back before the Meridian was renamed.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the measuring of this meridian as the base for the meter, France and Catalunya agreed to call it The Green Meridian, and they also agreed about the creation of a marked route.

France decided to plant trees to mark this meridian. The problem is that this portion has not been completed. In Catalunya, this marking has been done and the Green Meridian can be covered by foot and by bicycle.

The Catalunya section goes from the Pyrenees [Col of the Pal at Setcases] to the Mediterranean Sea [Ocata beach in El Masnou]. You can read more about the route here.

Green Meridian Route in Catalunya
Green Meridian Route

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