Mitad del Mundo, Pichincha - Ecuador


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December 16th 1998
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San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha - Ecuador

Dec 16, 1998









*City official name :Mitad del Mundo
*Founded date :
*Location :Pichincha Province
*Elavation :? ft (? m)
*Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²).
*Facts :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. It is located in the San Antonio parish of the canton of Quito, 10 km north of the city of Quito.

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. The pyramidal monument, with each side facing a cardinal direction, is topped by a 4.5 meter diameter, 5-ton globe. Inside the monument is the small museum with exhibits of elements of indigenous Ecuadorian culture, such as clothing, ethnic groups, and activities. A small town surrounding the monument functions as the tourist center, replicating a colonial Spanish town and called "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" (Middle City of the World).

The area in the north of the province had
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San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha - Ecuador
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.






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San Antonio de Pichincha, Pichincha - Ecuador


8th November 2007

punto vernal
Cuál es la distancia del monumento al punto vernal? Sería bueno hacer un monumento exactamente en el punto equinoccial, que según entiendo es cerca del actual. ¿Cuál es la tribu que festejaba el equinoccio en esa región? ¿En qué consistía el festejo? Como complemento me gustaría conocer la posición geográfica de los dos puntos, obviamente su latitud es cero. Agradezco de antermeno sus gratas respuestas. Cordialmente, Eduardo Carriazo

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