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“Great place to learn about the wonders of science”

Museo dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
Ranked #33 of 429 things to do in Padua
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Owner description: A thousand years of history and 250 years of astronomy at the Specola: born as medieval tower, in 1767 it was transformed in Astronomical Observatory. The Observatory is one of the main structures of INAF - National Institute for Astrophysics now, and in its museum you can see rooms and instruments used by the past-centuries astronomers
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Placed in a back road in the center of Padova it is towering the canal nearby and the place remembers some Paris landscapes of the Sein river. The surrounding itself is a gorgeous place to walk and discover old palaces, ancient houses and little churches dating back the 17th century. The tour of the Observatory is absolutely interesting and gives a glimpse of what was the astronomy science 400 years ago, The building has been also used as a jail and you will not be happy to hear how death penalty was administrated in the old times. It has NOT been used as the place where Galileo Galilei started to watch the stars with his first telescope. Actually the first attempts were made by the the great scientist from the window of his bed room in via Galileo Galilei where you can visit his house. Anyway the Observatory is absolutely worth a visit when in the area.

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