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"Torre della Specola" Museum Specola Tip by MM212

Museum Specola, Bologna: 8 reviews and 16 photos

  la Torre della Specola
by MM212

A tower like no other in Bologna, la Torre della Specola was not built as a defensive structure, a church campanile, or as a sign of family wealth. In fact, it was one of the last towers to be constructed, in 1721, as an astronomical observatory for the Institute of Sciences (Istituto di Scienze). Nevertheless, the tower's design was true to Bologna's Mediaeval traditional architecture, and complemented the 16th century Palazzo Poggi, where it was located. In 1803, Palazzo Poggi and Torre della Specola were taken over by the University of Bologna. Nowadays, they house il Museo della Specola, a museum dedicated to astronomy.

Address: Via Zamboni, 31
Phone: +39 051 - 2095701

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2009
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