The Meridian and the Sun

  • Paul Murdin
At the time the astronomers of the Lapland expedition, including Maupertuis and Le Monnier, returned to Paris, builders were in the final stages to complete the Church of St. Sulpice. The Church has gained notoriety from its role in Dan Brown's bestseller, The Da Vinci Code (Chapter  9) and modern pilgrims can be seen, the novel under their arm, wandering around the nave. The Church authorities have even complained about the increase in visitors, who talk amongst themselves as they inspect this astronomical treasure. The noise disturbs the confessions in the south transept and the contemplation of those who wait their turn on the chairs nearby.

Places Church of St. Sulpice

The church stands near the center of Paris, on the left bank of the River Seine, north-west of the Palais de Luxembourg and about 200 meters west of the Paris Meridian. Its location is close to the meridian by chance, since the church was founded at the beginning of the 12th century well before the meridian was...


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