Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Paris Photo Quiz No.3 ~ 'Secret of the Standing Stone'

Test Your Knowledge
~ Secret of the Standing Stone ~

Paris Set Me Free - Paris Photo Quiz - 'Secret of the Standing Stone'

Quiz No. 3: 'Secret of the Standing Stone'

Question: "Where is it and what's the hole for?"

A mighty strange lump of limestone or something stands ominously in the shadows on the edge of a popular Parisian park. But why is it there and what does it represent? And most intriguing of all, what's the freakin' hole for?!
The truth will be revealed shortly, I assure you, but first of all a few comments, if you will! Another bit of intrigue is that it bears the inscription 'DU REIGN DE' (from the reign of) followed by... a neatly chiselled out space! Very curious.
A full answer will include both exactly where it is and what its purpose is, or to be more accurate, was. More detailed answers about the inscription and a bit of history will earn you bonus points! Any attempt, comment, question or further info and chat will be warmly read :-) Make sure to read the commenting policy here and have fun!

Quiz No. 2: 'Studies In Space' ~ Answer & Winner!

I'm still waiting for the first comment and right answer. Go on - you could be the one, and your name could be broadcast in flashing pixels on this very blog! So go ahead and have a guess - I promise I won't laugh - unless it's really funny! I'm not telling you what it is until at least a couple of you have had a go, so there.
Click on the picture to read the original entry and quiz question if you missed it!


Paris Paul said...

For Quiz #3:I'll take a shot!

The "standing stone" is known as the "la mire sud" or "southern sight" ('sight', in this case is used like the sight of a gun). It's in the Parc Montsouris, though was moved there only in 1806; before that, it was located in the Paris Observatory Gardens.

It's original function was to help instruments in the observatory align with the Paris Meridian.

Bonus points? The name that was scratched out is that of Napoleon. I'm not sure, but I imagine that when he moved the stone he had his name inscribed on it, and after 1814 someone decided it would be best to remove the name.

How'd I do?

Paris Paul

Paris Set Me Free said...

At last - I have a commenteur - thanks very Paris Paul!

And a brilliant answer too at that - very comprehensive.

What still intrigues me, though, is that, although several sources say it was moved to its present location in 1806, an official panel in the park says the park was started in 1867 and finished in 1878, so I'm wondering what was here before that was worth moving it here for!

Any ideas, anyone?

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