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Southeastern view of the monument
Southeastern view of the monument

The Mitad del Mundo (Spanish for Middle of the World) is a monument located in San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador, to the north of Quito, that marks one of the points where the equator goes through the country. The pyramidal monument, with each side facing a cardinal direction, is 30 meters (98 feet) tall, and is topped by a 4.5 meter diameter, 5-ton globe. Inside the monument is the Ethnographic Museum of the Middle of the World, a small museum with exhibits of elements of Ecuadorian culture, such as clothing, ethnic groups, and activities. A small town surrounding the monument fuctions as the tourist center, replicating a colonial Spanish town and called "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World City). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 324 KB) Photographer: Martin Zeise, Berlin Date: 16. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 324 KB) Photographer: Martin Zeise, Berlin Date: 16. ... Map of Ecuador showing location of Quito. ... The equator is an imaginary circle drawn around a planet (or other astronomical object) at a distance halfway between the poles. ... The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... The word ton or tonne is derived from the Old English tunne, and ultimately from the Old French tonne, and referred originally to a large cask with a capacity of 252 wine gallons, which holds approximately 2100 pounds of water. ... WWWEEEEEE LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE PPPOOOOLLLLOOO The culture of Ecuador is as diverse as the landscape of the country itself. ...

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

The area had been the object of a number of studies attempting to determine the exact location of the equator, with the first result being obtained in the early 1700s by Charles Marie de La Condamine. At the end of the 18th century, General Charles Perrier, from the French Academy of Sciences, was sent to lead a mission to verify that result. Later, in 1936, with the support of the French American Committee, an Ecuadorian geographer named Dr. Luis Tufiño built a 10 meter monument in San Antonio de Pichincha. In 1979, the monument was moved 7 km to the west, to the town of Calacalí. Today, a new and much larger monument stands in San Antonio de Pichincha, after being constructed between 1979 and 1982. It is made of iron and cement and covered with cut and polished andesite stones. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 322 KB) Photographer: Martin Zeise, Berlin Date: 16. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 322 KB) Photographer: Martin Zeise, Berlin Date: 16. ... Events and trends The Bonneville Slide blocks the Columbia River near the site of present-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet (60 m) high. ... Charles Marie de La Condamine (January 28, 1701 - February 4, 1774) was a French geographer and mathematician. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... The French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences) is a learned society, founded in 1666 by Louis XIV at the suggestion of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, to encourage and protect the spirit of French scientific research. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... General Name, Symbol, Number iron, Fe, 26 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 8, 4, d Appearance lustrous metallic with a grayish tinge Atomic mass 55. ... Cement is a material for bonding stone or brick. ... A sample of andesite (dark groundmass) with amygdaloidal vesicules filled with zeolite. ...


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  • Mitad del Mundo, official Web site owned by the prefecture of Pichincha

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Virtual Tourism (334 words)
The Mitad del Mundo (Spanish for Middle of the World) is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador.
The grounds contain the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador whose building serves at the same time as a 30-meter-tall monumemt which marks one of the points where the equator goes through the country.
The area in the north of the province had been the object of a number of studies attempting to determine the exact location of the equator, with the first result being obtained in the early 1700s by Charles Marie de La Condamine.
Mitad del Mundo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (391 words)
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo as seen from the west from the 30-meter-high terrace of the museum
The Mitad del Mundo (Spanish for Middle of the World) is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador.
The grounds contain the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador whose building serves at the same time as a 30-meter-tall monument which marks one of the points where the equator goes through the country.
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