Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padua

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Learn about the stargazers of yore at Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, an astronomical observatory built in a 9th-century defense tower, prison, and torture chamber. After the former castle was abandoned in the 13th century, the tower was reclaimed in 1761 as an observatory, with observation rooms specifically built as vantage points of the galaxy. This was one of the first observatories to make use of Benjamin Franklin's 1750 discovery of the lightening rod. In 1942, a new observatory was created, home to the huge telescope, Galileo. It was then that the tower was converted into a museum, preserving and exhibiting the tools of observation used during the prior 250 years. Note that tours are in Italian only, but an English-language handout helps you follow along. By using our Padua trip itinerary maker tool , you can arrange your visit to Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova and other attractions in Padua.
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  • The Specola is a symbol in Padua, not only because of its historical importance but because it is part of the city's culture as a whole. The great astronomical observatory that knew how to give luster to the educated people of the time. To see.
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  • A very very interesting guided tour to discover the history of this tower and not only... to do!
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  • A nice astronomy museum that is open during summer. This year it is open every Wednesday from 21:00-22:00. It is a guided tour in Italian language. Price is 8 euro per person. No advance booking needed. But it only allows first 50 people. They start selling tickets from 20:30. It is better to go 1 hour before selling tickets.
  • Nice place, one of the attractions in Padova.
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