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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  • Stunning from the outside, amazing from the inside. I had been wanting to visit this property, one of the symbols of Padua for a long time. You must already arrive with tickets, which you buy at a nearby church. The visit includes a guide, which explains many historical facts about the tower. but I won't tell you anything!! At the end of the visit is given the opportunity to look out for a few minutes from the balcony ... unforgettable experience. I recommend it to everyone.... those who have no problem doing THIS step.
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  • The Venetian vogue at the specola, never been close to me so The most beautiful part of Padua. But not only that ......
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  • Very interesting. Loved all the instruments and the view is stunning. Look out for the visiting time, it's a bit odd. The visit is in Italian.
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