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Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

La Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
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Welcome back to our Byte Blog! Continuing our Spanish learning journey with ViLaCa we will see time and time again all the fascinating topics our students will be learning! These last few weeks we have been sharing the many different festivals and your not so average animals that are found throughout Latin America. Did you like last week’s blog about the dog that is found in Mexica mythology? If you have not read it check out The Xoloitzcuintle to learn about it! La Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Have you ever thought about the center of the world? Thinking too much into it one might just think, well all we would find is something like molten lava, right? Ok, well what if we divide the world in half. Where is the middle point? What if there was a country that was named for this reason? If your first thought was Ecuador then you were right! Ecuador is named after the Equator, the imaginary line around the Earth that splits the country in two.  Spanish learning, La ciudad Mitad del Mundo

There is a city called “La ciudad Mitad del Mundo” that centers around that. It is located in the parish of San Antonio in Quito. Its main attraction is the monument of the Middle of the world. If you were curious as to where this imaginary line is you are in luck. The monument highlights the exact location of the equator! A small town that surrounds the monuments provides a tourist center offering a replica of a Spanish colonial city.


“How was this imaginary line that divided the world even come to be measured?


How was this imaginary line that divided the world even come to be measured? Between 1736 and 1744, a French geodesic mission traveled to Ecuador to resolve a discussion that existed in the Academy of Sciences in Paris about whether the globe had flattened at the poles or at the ends. This mission made astronomical measurements and calculations to determine this. From this the Decimal system came to be! Many people come to this location to take pictures of themselves crossing the line.

While it is showcased as being located on the imaginary line of the Equator, the monument is actually 240 meters south of the true equator! That might be a bit disappointing to learn if someone traveled there. Even so, it would still be a great place to visit. One would be much closer to the dividing line than any other part of the world, right? Have you ever gone to Ecuador? Do you have family or friends from there? If you have visited and have pictures of sites, share them with us in the comments below!

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