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Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc consists of a chain of 265 triangulation survey stations. The chain was established and used by the astronomer Friedrich von Struve to determine the exact shape and size of the earth. The Struve Geodetic Arc is stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to a station point close to the Black sea in Ukraine, it passes through ten countries and over 2.820 km. The Struve Geodetic Arc is an exceptional example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries. Friedrich von Struve carried out his triangulation measurements between 1816 and 1855. One of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania is located near Meskonys, a tiny village close to Vilnius. The Tartu Tähetorni Observatory in Estonia and  the Alatornio Church in Finland are the only buildings that were used for the measurements, both remained unchanged since the measurements. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes 34 of the station points, with different markings, such as drilled holes in a rock, iron or stone crosses, obelisks, cairns and buildings. The 34 station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2005. Work of Art: Friedrich von Struve.  

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Struve Geodetic Arc - Our own classic Mini next to one of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania. This station point...

Our own classic Mini next to one of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania. This station point is situated close to Meskonys, a village nearby Vilnius. The Struve Geodetic Arc consists of a chain of 265 triangulation survey stations, it stretches from Hammerfest in Norway to a station point near the Black Sea in Ukraine, the chain of survey stations was established and used by the scientist Friedrich von Struve to determine the exact shape and size of the earth. 

  1. Struve Geodetic Arc - Our own classic Mini next to one of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania. This station point...

    Our own classic Mini next to one of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania. This station point is situated close to Meskonys, a village nearby Vilnius. The Struve Geodetic Arc consists of a chain of 265 triangulation survey stations, it stretches from Hammerfest in Norway to a station point near the Black Sea in Ukraine, the chain of survey stations was established and used by the scientist Friedrich von Struve to determine the exact shape and size of the earth. 

  2. Struve Geodetic Arc - One of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania is situated close to Meskonys, a small...

    One of the station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Lithuania is situated close to Meskonys, a small village near Vilnius. The Struve Geodetic Arc is one of the foremost scientific and technical achievements of its time and has a truly universal significance. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes 34 of the station points with different markings, such as drilled holes in a rock, obelisks, iron crosses and buildings.

  3. Struve Geodetic Arc - On our way to the IMM, International Mini Meeting, we parked our own classic Mini (1974) next to the station point of the Struve...

    On our way to the IMM, International Mini Meeting, we parked our own classic Mini (1974) next to the station point of the Struve Geodetic Arc close to Meskonys in Lithuania. The Geodetic Arc consists of a chain of 265 triangulation survey stations and is stretching through ten countries and over 2.820 kilometres. Only 34 of the most prominent station points of the Struve Geodetic Arc were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2005.