Maupertuis Memorial
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Herb8400
Winterthur, Switzerland8 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
It's not easy to find, but it's worth. You have to find the correct way in the east of the main road.
Written 25 July 2016
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Miguel H
Rovaniemi, Finland12 contributions
Jun 2016
The trail is really hard to find, signs are mediocre, we find it at the third time.
Once you are in the trail the way up is well indicated.
At the top there are no clear views of the valley but there are really good views in the way up.
The plate in honour if Maupertuis is in Finnish and french but the information about the place is only in Finnish.
Written 17 June 2016
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ReindeermanLapland
Lapland115 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
In 1736-1737 was conducted a French expedition to determine the shape of the Earth. It was led by French mathematician and philosopher Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis.. Maupertuis expedition’s purpose was to perform measurements to determine whether the Earth was round or flattened at its poles. Maupertuis was one of the leading philosophers and scientists of the Age of Enlightenment of the French Academy of Sciences.
Maupertuis was accompanied by Alexis Claude Clairaut, Charles Étienne Louis Camus and Pierre Charles Le Monnier, all astronomers themselves. The expedition also included Reginald Outhier, and Swedish scientists, the famous Anders Celsius and Anders Hellant.
Northernmost measurement site was the Kittisvaara Mountain, located about 3 km north of the Pello’s center. A Maupertuis Memorial was erected on Kittisvaara Mountain in 1956 to commemorate the expedition. The monument as such is rather modest but actually the whole Mountain Kittis creates the memorial with unique views over Tornio Valley. By visiting the site you can experience the views that the unique scientists lived in 18th century.

The access to site is easy in summer : in winter apparently you need skis or snow snow shoes to visit it.
Written 2 February 2016
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