Stjerneborg Observatory

Sankt Ibb, Sweden

Stjerneborg (Star Castle) was Tycho Brahe's underground observatory next to his palace-observatory Uraniborg, located on the island of Hven in Oresund. Tycho Brahe built it circa 1581. He writes: "My purpose was partly to have placed some of the most important instruments securely and firmly in order that they should not be exposed to the disturbing influence of the wind, and should be easier to use, partly to separate my collaborators when there were several with me at the same time, and have some of them make observations in the castle itself, others in these cellars, in order that they should not get in the way of each other or compare their observations before I wanted this." He named it Stiernburg in vernacular or Stellæburgusin Latin.

The underground portions of the observatory were excavated in the 1950s and are today fitted with a roof approximating the original one. The chambers now house a multimedia show open to the public.

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Founded: ca. 1581
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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Lisbeth Jönsson (11 months ago)
Interesting! Nice environment and view!
MArk grønlund (2 years ago)
It is OK. Not so crazy, but you are still impressed by the old boy and the instruments he invented
Samuel Jönsson (2 years ago)
No guidance, but still got answers to some questions.
Kitten Mcmew (3 years ago)
Was going on tour :45, we waited next door and went to the door at the minute. Then got a sour comment from the staff that we were late and that it had already started. Come on, we were five meters away, if you wanted to start earlier, you could have asked if we were part of the tour. Otherwise mediocre for the price.
Charlie Jacoby (6 years ago)
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