Specola

Category

Institutional buildings

Period

Medieval

Area

Padua

Presentation

The Padua Specola is the headquarters of the Padua Astronomical Observatory, a research facility of the INAF - National Institute of Astrophysics. The museum and observatory is located in the Torlonga, an ancient medieval defense tower built in the 9th century AD at the bifurcation of the Bacchiglione River between Riviera Paleocapa and Riviera Tiso da Camposampiero. Used as a prison and torture chamber, it was later abandoned after the Carraresi, the lords of Padua, had a new castle built. In the eighteenth century the ancient fortress, much of it falling down, was called "Castel Vecchio": it had long been used as a grain, straw, and hay storehouse, a weapons and ammunition depot. The new specola, one of the most beautiful in Europe at the time, was visited by illustrious personalities, such as the German poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who in 1786 described in his travel diary the splendid view he could admire from the top of the observatory tower.

Services on location

? Acqua
? Corrente elettrica
? Servizi
? Ascensore
? Parcheggio
? Possibilità di pernottamento

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