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YOU ARE HERE: THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

Königliche Sternwarte Berlin, gebaut 1832-1835 nach Plänen von Friedrich Schinkel, Außenansicht um 1873

Königliche Sternwarte in its best years

Königliche Sternwarte (Royal Observatory) built “am Halleschen Thor” (at the Gate to Halle) in 1832-1835 and designed by Berlin´s über-architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

The building was demolished in August 1913 after the new observatory in Potsdam took over its duties and part of its equipment.

At the spot where the observatory used to stand a new street was built, Enckestrasse. It was named after Johann Franz Encke, the first director of the then “new” Königliche Sternwarte and a protegee of Friedrich Bessel, after whom the neighbouring Besselstrasse and Besselpark were later named.

Today the same spot is used by children making use of the playground installed there some time ago and by the star-gazers visiting the place on summer nights. The view of the sky is as back then: magnificent.

 

3 comments on “YOU ARE HERE: THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

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  2. berlioz1935
    September 27, 2013

    “The view of the sky is as back then: magnificent.”

    Is it? The sky over Berlin is not very good for star gazers. There is too much man made light. The best sky I ever saw in Berlin was from a “Laubenkolonie” in Britz. The city seemed a long way away.

    • notmsparker
      September 27, 2013

      Well, it is not perfect if you wish for the complete darkness and only the shining stars above you:) But I love the city halo. As long as it not blue. Or green. And around Enckestrasse it really is extremely pretty: since there are hardly any high buildings there and the streets lights are not blinding you, this is quite perfect:)

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