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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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  • October 31, 2016
    Einstein Tower "is NOT in the Park Babelsberg, and at the opposite end of Potsdam, a couple of kilometres away to the South from the town's train station. Worth it on the Hill, the so-called Telegraph mount surrounded by a large park of the array. A number of other attractions there is the main "minus". Otherwise-solid pros. Firstly, the building itself is quite interesting. Well, for "Astronomy" fans have the opportunity to get here with the excursion. They are being held, though only in autumn and winter, and only on the first Saturday of each month, because in the summer, when the Sun stands above the northern hemisphere, scientists here and workers without the hassle and excursions of tourists, as it turns out, swooped down dust, which harms the accuracy of astronomical measurements. So, before visiting the Observatory, thoroughly vacuum your clothes! 
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  • October 31, 2016
    Who ask themselves the Porter trusts, will be surprised about the unique situation. Here it feels to feel the breath of the genius really.
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  • August 10, 2016
    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 »
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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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