October 30, 2010

Zero

Kilometer Zero—that point from where all distances in a country are measured—in the Philippines is right across the Rizal Monument. Does your country have one and do you know where it is?

Kilometer Zero in the Philippines


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17 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

How impressive a sight !

Over here streets and its house numbers begin from Syntagma Square, the more far it is, the higher the number. Which many times can be helpful while searching.

Please have a good start into the weekend.

George said...

We don't know have a national mileage system in this country. Distances on our highways are measured from the state border or county border, depending on the type of highway. We like to make things 'interesting'.

bertN said...

I didn't know we now have a monument for Kilometer 0! When I visit Pinas I'll make sure I have a pic of myself taken at that benchmark.

michael bird said...

Neat photo and interesting question - George answered it for the USA. Now if we did create a national benchmark, where would it originate? Nation's capital, I would guess - Washington, D.C. And: The straight line distance between Washington and Loogootee is approximately 534 miles or 859 kilometers. Cool beans.

Ebie said...

Hildz, what an interesting fact! And your photo is captured well! The globe with its reflection looks like a face wearing sunglasses!

P.S. I don't know if we have Mile 0 but I know where Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles start. I worked at 1 Wilshire Blvd.

Leif Hagen said...

Very cool - I'll never heard of that before your posting! I'll have to do a little research ...

Rob and Mandy said...

I don't know about Spain, but in my home country France, it is a round sign on the floor, very discrete, just in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Dina said...

Great picture, reflection, and idea, Hilda!
All I know is that in ancient times, distances in the land of Israel were measured (by the Romans) from the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem. The Romans put a tall pillar there to mark the spot. Till today, the Arabic name of the gate is Bab il Amud, the gate of the pillar, although the pillar is gone.

joo said...

It's such a lovely photo Hilda!
Have a great weekend:)

Johnny said...

La esfera es perfecta¡¡¡

'Tsuki said...

Nice choice of angle on your picture ! I love this reflection...

Al said...

I'm not aware of any location like this in the U.S.A. but many states have specific systems for measuring exit numbers on their main highways (interstates). For instance, in Colorado, north-south interstates are measured in miles from the south part of the state. So, if you're at exit 100 and need to get off at exit 155, you know you've got 55 miles to go. East-west interstates are from the west. And these highways can be long - the main north-south highway (I-25) runs through Colorado for approximately 300 miles (482 km) without a break, and continues for hundreds of miles in both directions. I-70, the main east-west highway, can be followed almost all the way to Washington DC without a break, something like 1,500 miles (2,400 km). That's a drive I've done, and it took 3 days.

Cezar and Léia said...

I don't know where Brazil's km 0 is. The capital, Brasilia, is more or less in the geographical center of the country, but other cities are by far much more important... So perhaps Brazil has a few km 0's... :)
Your photo is superb! Nice reflection.
God bless you!
Cezar

AB said...

We are a small town in the middle of nowhere. All we have is line of longitude.

Francisca said...

This is cool, Hilda. I figured it was somewhere in Manila, but I didn't know about this KM0 post.

Kaori said...

I learned that Japan's is in Nihonbashi, Tokyo from Mia :-D

Avignon said...

En France il se trouve devant Notre-Dame-de-Paris !
In France it is in front of Notre-Dame-de-Paris !