Dan Brown and Louis XVI: A Cultural Crossover


The meridian in the church of Saint-Sulpice serves to measure the solar calendar hour of noon. The meridian at the Museum of Louvre commemorates the meridian zero used in cartography until 1884. The two are parallel and located about 300 meters apart.

In 1792 Louis XVI makes his last executive decision to calculate off the length of the meridian the universal measurement which they call meter. In 2003 Robert Langdon, the DaVinci Code protagonist, follows the Rose Line from Louvre to Saint-Sulpice. How the mathematicians arrived at meter is pretty simple, meter is a ten millionth of a quarter of the meridian. As to how Robert Langdon following one line gets to the mark on the other, I have no idea.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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