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Mind your feet and you may see them!
Around 100 golden medallions inlaid in Parisian street pavements compose a line running north to south along the city and forming the Parisian Meridian (a.k.a. the Arago line) – a long-standing rival to the famous Greenwich meridian.
These outdoor art pieces pay tribute to François Arago, the scientist who defined the exact trajectory of the Parisian Meridian in the 19th century.
The medallions themselves were made famous by the American bestseller “The Da Vinci Code” when the main character, Robert Langdon, followed the “Rose Line” to the Louvre pyramid.
Following the Arago line makes for a pleasant 9 km walk through Paris, crossing 6 different arrondissements: the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 14th and 18th.
Should you decide to go medallion hunting, you can find some of the rondures at the following spots. Bon voyage!
– 9, boulevard Haussmann (75009)
– 15, rue Saint-Augustin (75002)
– 28, rue de Vaugirard (75006)
– Louvre Museum (behind the Pyramid) (75001)
– Inside the Saint-Sulpice Church (75006)