Zero Mile or Kilometer Markers
WHS within which are markers (Ancient or Modern) indicating the starting point for the measurement of distances. Known nowadays as "Zero Kilometer stones".
|Budapest||Is located at Clark ?d?m t?r (Adam Clark square), at the Buda abutment of Chain Bridge, below Buda Castle. It is marked by a 3m high limestone sculpture.|
|Istanbul||The "Milion" was a "mile marker" erected in early 4th century AD in Constantinople as the starting point for measurement of distances in the Byzantine Empire. Originally a building with arch, dome and statues it became a location for imperial ceremonies. It survived until early 16th century when the Ottomans demolished it. Fragments were rediscovered in the mid 1960s and a pillar from it stands in Hagia Sophia Square.|
|Kremlin and Red Square||A marker exists at ground level just in front of the Iberian (or "Resurrection") gate and chapel linking the north end of Red Square with Manege Square.|
|Old Havana||In front of El Capitolio|
|Paris, Banks of the Seine||A marker exists at ground level in the square facing the main entrance of Notre Dame Cathedral.|
|Rome||The "Umbilicus Urbis" ("Navel of the city") was the designated centre of Rome from which distances were measured. It was situated in the Forum and the remains exist today as a 2mtre high brick structure with a plaque. The "Milliarium Aureum" ("Golden Milestone") was a gilded monument erected by Augustus Caesar in the Forum. Whether it was the same as the earlier Umbilicus is not clear - nor whether some remains existing and marked as such today in the Forum were part of that monument. Today's Italian "Zero Kilometer Stone" is on Capitoline Hil.|
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