Point Zero in Paris.
Imagine a point where all things started. Did you even know that something like this exists? I am not talking about the beginning of the world but a place which is called ” Point zero“.
What is Point Zero?
Wikipedia gives a beautiful description of what this point means: “In many countries, Kilometre Zero (also written km 0) or similar terms in other languages, is a particular location (often in the nation’s capital city), from which distances are traditionally measured.
A similar notion also exists for individual roads (that is, all locations on the road have a number, depending on their distance from that location), and for individual cities (often the city’s central post office is used for this).The most famous such marker of which any part survives from ancient times is the Milliarium Aureum (“Golden Milestone”) of the Roman Empire, believed to be the literal origin for the maxim that “all roads lead to Rome.”
Where to find Point Zero in Paris?
I found this point in Paris, just outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame. All distances in France, from Paris, are measured from this brass compass star.Engraved in the surrounding stone are the words: POINT ZERO DES ROUTES DE FRANCE (Point Zero of the roads of France). It is believed to be good luck if you stand on it and make a wish. Some people throw a coin and make a wish. It is up to you.
Most people walk over it and don´t even realise what this is. It’s a little hard to find at first because it is not close to the entrance of the Cathedral. Just keep on looking and you will find it.
Point Zero – The Birthplace of a city.
For some people it is a useless piece of information and honestly if it wasn´t pointed out to me then I would have missed it. But knowing that something like this exists is remarkable. The birthplace of a city. Not all cities in the world can pinpoint where it started, in fact there are only a handful in the world. You can read up about it in Wikipedia and see if your city is listed.