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Einsteinturm, Potsdam

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The Einstein Tower is an astrophysical observatory in the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany built by Erich Mendelsohn. It was built on the summit of the Potsdam Telegraphenberg to house a solar telescope designed by the astronomer Erwin Finlay-Freundlich. The telescope supports experiments and observations to validate Albert Einstein's relativity theory. The building was first conceived around 1917, built from 1919 to 1921 after a fund-raising drive, and became operational in 1924. Although Einstein never worked there, he supported the construction and operation of the telescope. It is still a working solar observatory today as part of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam. Light from the telescope is directed down through the shaft to the basement where the instruments and laboratory are located. There were more than half a dozen telescopes in the laboratory.This was one of Mendelsohn's first major projects, completed when a young Richard Neutra was on his staff, and is his best-known building.The exterior was originally conceived in concrete, but due to construction difficulties with the complex design and shortages from the war, much of the building was actually realized in brick, covered with stucco. Because the material was changed during construction of the building, the designs were not updated to accommodate them. This caused many problems, such as cracking and dampness. Extensive repair work had to be done only five years after the initial construction, overseen by Mendelsohn himself. Since then numerous renovations have been done periodically.
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  • What was I glad we had rented bikes in Potsdam. In addition to the expected classic rides and vistas, I was hoping to be able to out of town yet neaar South to this Observatory. A unique building, beautifully in the landscape and plenty to admire, around and from afar. The to-cycling particularly worth!
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  • The Einstein Tower ksnn be considered closing a pleasant walk along beautiful brick houses, magnificent observatories and other worth seeing buildings. A visit of the district is recommended in any case.
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  • This beautiful building (head of the Department of Astrophysics in Potsdam) which was designed by Erich Mendelsohn in 1920-21 is the paradigm of expressionist architecture and is the result of a psychological research and especially plastic, almost that Mendelsohn is He wanted to liberate from the limitations imposed by the corners! It is a work of genius that is existential even before a figurative. Nestled in the beautiful park of scientific research in Potsdam, on Telegraph Hill, after a period of strong post-war decay, was restored in 1999-2000 also by the architect Christine Hoh. Outside on the pavement right outside the entrance to the Einstein Tower, tucked between the small blocks of stone, there is a brain in bronze. What most beautiful monument to the memory of Einstein? If you are in Berlin don't miss this Pearl of modern architecture, a sculpture before an architecture. Is a Department of Astrophysics of the University of Potsdam not a Museum, where professors and researchers work, however there is a possibility to book a visit inside with URANIA!
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  • A visually interesting building, designed to prove Einstein’s theory of relativity. The inside wasn’t open to visitors at the weekend but you’re free to walk around the science park, and there is free parking nearby.
  • When I visit this tower, I could feel the architect's & constructor's enthusiasm toward this ingenious building!!!
  • The architectural significance of this marvelous building lies insignificant infront of the ideas, which triggered its creation
  • The historic campus on Telegrafenberg is worth a visit.
  • Interesting place. There is a tower replica.
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