Pays de la Loire (Maine et Loire)
Rue de la Fontaine, Rue du Méridien & Place de l’Église
Distance (S) from Greenwich
WGS84 lat/long48.156041, -0.001526
TypeRoad name | Road (line) | Pavement (line) | Sculpture
Marking date1999
Greenwich Meridian Marker; France; Pays de la Loire (Maine et Loire); Neuvillalais


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26 Aug 2012

Neuvillalais embraced the millennium by not only marking the position of the Meridian across three roads in the vicinity of the church, but also by erecting a large globe next to the church tower. Filled with polystyrene and soil, and painted blue, the land masses are represented by living plants. A plaque explaining its significance is mounted on a post nearby.

From north to south, the roads that were marked are: Rue de la Fontaine, Rue du Méridien and Place de l’Église. The marking runs almost continuously from one to the next. Le Méridien, a bar/restaurant/épicerie, is located nearby at 41 Rue du Méridien. Rue du Méridien is part of the D21 and runs from one side of the village to the other.

On the date the photographs were taken, there was an unusual amount of activity and parking in the village, as a result of a Vide-Grenier or attic sale (a sale of unwanted items similar to a car boot sale). The images are arranged roughly as follows. Two introductory images are followed by a sequence of images of the Line running from Place de l’Église in the south, past the globe by the church, across Rue du Méridien and onto Rue de la Fontaine to the north. These are followed by detailed images of the globe and sign, and then by a sequence showing the road signs carrying the words Rue du Méridien. The signs start with the one at the centre of the village outside the church. This is followed by the sign at the east side of the village, followed by the one at the west.