In 1989, scientists of National Geographic Institute of France gave the description of the European geographic centre and, applying the scientific method of gravitation centres, appointed that this centre is located in the North from Vilnius (26 km), near Purnuskes village.
On May 1st, 2004 a solemn presentation of the European geographic centre was organized. The event was intended to commemorate the integration of Lithuania into the European Union. In commemoration of that event a professor Gediminas Jokubonis created a composition – a pillar of white granite, the top of which is surrounded by the star crown. This once more confirms the connection of Lithuanian history with Europe and a meaningful return of Lithuania into the family of European nations.
The Signal of the Center of Europe was created by Tomas Jokubonis and was presented July 12, 2008 at Julius Jokubonis fine art exhibition "The Center of Europe"