Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada, San Fernando

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The Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada is the scientific institute and observatory of the Spanish Navy, located in San Fernando in the Province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. It was founded in 1753.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Unfortunately, the guide gets experience, more than two hours, becomes unbearable. His speech, this comprehensive, is loaded with data and opinions quite expendable, which do more than muddy the understanding of the place and its importance. Almost at any time, it is educational. Impossible for children. A real shame. I hope that those responsible might correct this situation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I have little to add to what is said in other comments: the site is worth a visit without a doubt. Collections are amazing and the place is still currently a research center.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The guided view is highly recommended. It was the Marine Guard school before Astronomical Observatory. In the are atomic clocks that give the official time in Spain. For years, the zero meridian of the length of the maps used by Spanish ships (epoch pre-Greenwich) went through it. It has a large scientific library where you saved, among others, an original of the Principia Mathematica for Newton.
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  • Picturesque place which is worth visiting. From there it gives time for all Spain and the first steps that mark the time on the radio comes from there.
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  • One of the most important observatories of Spain. In its facilities, we can find a powerful laser telescope, a full seismograph equipment and one of the most accurate clocks in the world. For a time the time signals of the country governed by this watch.
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  • The private company in charge of the tour requires that you register online don't know where (not found) previously to gain access as a group. No matter from where it come exclusively to visit it, if there are vacancies or if you been waiting an hour (or three conditions together). The only response you'll find is "another day". I find it a huge mistake that is difficult to access to citizenship to the science and technology used in these facilities through useless and unnecessary bureaucracy from a private company. A great way to prosper the motivation of any young person who might be interested in such things. In Wikipedia, they define it as "scientific research and cultural diffusion Center". Yes, "broadcasting".
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  • It is a historical place with great importance even to this day. Visits are very pleasant and the personnel of the Navy attends with great professionalism. A site that must obligatorily visit.
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  • You can not miss it. Possibly from the most important landmarks in the province. Indispensable for any lover of science. It is necessary to register prior before the visit. Free guided tour that lasts about 3 hours. Preserved, very well maintained, lots of history and instruments after 250 years of uninterrupted scientific activity. An amazing library. A bit of the history of most notably Spain.
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