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Paris 06 – Le Mètre Étalon

Le Mètre Etalon - Rue de Vaugirard (©Nicolas Bonnell/De.Phoebus 2013)
Le Mètre Etalon – Rue de Vaugirard (©Nicolas Bonnell/De.Phoebus 2013)

Le 7 avril 1795, le mètre fut adopté comme mesure étalon. Il fut défini par Delambre comme la dix millionième partie de la moitié du méridien terrestre. Seize sculptures installées à divers endroits devaient permettre aux parisiens de se familiariser avec cette nouvelle unité. Deux subsistent encore aujourd’hui, dont celui situé au coin des rues Garancière et de Vaugirard.

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On the 7th of April, 1795, the metre was adopted as the standard measuring unit in France. It was defined, by Delambre, as ‘one millionth of a half of the earth’s meridian’. Sixteen representative sculptures of this unit were installed in various locations, so that Parisians could become more familiar with the measure. Two of them still exist today, the most prominent being that on the corner or Rue Garancière and Rue de Vaugirard.

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Le Mètre Etalon - Rue de Vaugirard (©Nicolas Bonnell/De.Phoebus 2013)
Le Mètre Etalon – Rue de Vaugirard (©Nicolas Bonnell/De.Phoebus 2013)

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