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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 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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  • We were keen to see the observatory while visiting Potsdam, so took the 20 minute walk in the rain up the hill from the station. It is in the middle of a science park and they just allow you in to wan...  more »
  • If you care about Modernism, and you are in Berlin, it is worth going to Potsdam to see Erich Mendelssohn's Einstein Tower. Get a map from the Tourist Information office at the station, and enjoy the ...  more »
  • The Einstein town, designed by the famous Bauhaus architect Eric Mendelssohn, is definitely worth a visit if you are in Potsdam. It is situated in a science park which dates back to the beginning of G...  more »
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  • Interesting place. There is a tower replica.
  • Very interesting.!!!
  • I ate a piece of it.
  • Nothing much. Just alien architecture from another universe. ;-) And why are most of the other buildings such boring? Be sure to visit all who knows what architecture, isskusstvo, Einstein and another Universe! ;-) Nothing special. Just alien architecture from another Universe. ;-) And why most of the other buildings are boring? Be sure to visit everyone who knows what is architecture, art, Einstein and other Universe! ;-)
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  • Must man have seen. But around the Science Park is worth a visit. So come on people out there. 7 days a week from light to light the park for pedestrians is open.
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