Uppsala Astronomical Observatory – The house and the old observatory of Anders Celsius in Uppsala

Uppsala Astronomical Observatory – The house and the old observatory of Anders Celsius in Uppsala

The oldest astronomical observatory in Sweden. In the 18th century, Anders Celsius performed his research there and built the first observatory proper in 1741. Celsius got the university consistory to buy a large stone house of medieval origin in central Uppsala, where he had an observatory constructed on the rooftop.

Uppsala Astronomical Observatory and the house of Anders Celsius / Image: by Henrik Zetterberg, via kulturpersoner.uppsalakyrkogardar.se

Celsius both worked and had his personal living quarters in the house. This observatory remained in use until the new observatory, now known as the “old observatory”, was built in 1853. The Celsius house itself still remains as one of few older buildings on a modern shopping street, but the observatory on the roof was demolished in 1857.


Featured Image: Uppsala Astronomical Observatory / Image: via wikipedia.org

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