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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:45 AM   #1
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kilometre zero

I hope this is the right section to post this in. But I found this interesting topic of markings so called "kilometre zero" in many different countries. These are particular locations that measures distances of roads, highways, etc. They can also mark as the centre of a city or town.

One example would be in Paris. The city's kilometre zero would be in a square facing the main entrance of the world famous Notre Dame cathedral. This marking also represents the city's centre.



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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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Philippines' kilometer 0 is in Manila right in front of the Rizal Monument. I think it's the flagpole though...
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:17 AM   #3
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:17 AM   #4
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Philippines' kilometer 0 is in Manila right in front of the Rizal Monument. I think it's the flagpole though...
It is the flagpole
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:23 AM   #5
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Haven't got any pictures, but the Spanish km0 would be Plaza del Sol in Madrid and in Cuba there is a similar stone in the Capitol in Havana. Not that you'll find any distance sign in Cuba, but they do have the stone :-)
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:23 AM   #6
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In Canada, I believe that a City Hall is considered the 0-kilometre point when referring to distances between cities.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM   #7
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Haven't got any pictures, but the Spanish km0 would be Plaza del Sol in Madrid and in Cuba there is a similar stone in the Capitol in Havana. Not that you'll find any distance sign in Cuba, but they do have the stone :-)
Hey Pino, welcome.

It's Puerta del Sol by the way, i found this pic on Wikipedia.

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Old April 22nd, 2008, 05:35 PM   #8
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Interesting, I haven't heard of anything such in Ljubljana (Slovenia), but we have a river Kilometre Zero close to the tripoint between Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary (I took the pix):







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actually, each river has its zero km i think that ex-yugoslav countries don't have it. maybe there is in Belgrade. i think that still all distances in railways in ex-yugoslav countries take Belgrade as 0 km
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actually, each river has its zero km
Where, at its spring, or mouth perhaps? But this is just a confluence of two rivers.
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mouth. (if the mouth is "ušće" ) i found it for river Drava for instance
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Oops, yes, that confluence is of course mouth of one of the two rivers (Ledava).
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IMO,because the delta(confluence) of rivers change constantly,only the source is a stable point...so it it IMO measured from there...
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US rivers also have a zero kilometer. US Highways can also have an Exit 0.
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Erottaja square in Helsinki (Finland).
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Distances to/from Washington, DC are measured from a marker in the Ellipse, by the White House.

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IMO,because the delta(confluence) of rivers change constantly,only the source is a stable point...so it it IMO measured from there...
It can't be. That's a confluence in my pics, and certainly not a source of any river.
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It can't be. That's a confluence in my pics, and certainly not a source of any river.
What about the Danube? It gets longer each year,as it expands its delta...Maybe there are 2 different methods? Branch-rivers are measured from confluence,and major-rivers are from the source?
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Distance on the road is in Sweden measured to a central place in each town. For example, in Stockholm it's in front of the Sheraton Hotel at Tegelbacken, just south of the main train station.




There is no "Exit 0" or such. The whole exit numbering is quite illogical and is based on a test section on the E6 in Halland that used random numbers.
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The Rhine is measured from Konstanz, which is the point where the Rhine becomes navigable. The mound at Hoek van Holland is at km 1036. The Danube runs the other way round, with km 0 being the mound. I'm not sure how the river's expansions in the delta are dealt with.

The German Wikipedia (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilometrierung) suggests that none of the systems really prevails. As a matter of fact, on many rivers the numbering is reset when crossing a border. Pretty much like milestones on roads ...
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