Old Observatory

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The old observatory was used by the Jesuit missionaries advising the emperor on decisions regarding war. They built those large instruments on the roof to further research in astronomy in the 15th century. The following pics show some but I don‘t know for what measuring technique they were exactly used for. Some for measuring angles between stars, some for recording the movements of planets. During the Boxer Rebellion all the instruments were stolen by French and German troops. For some of the instruments it took more than 20 years to be returned, after WW1.

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To understand the purpose for all the instruments I should have paid more attention in school, I guess…

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So here is just a small selection with decorative elements. The western scientific methods of the Jesuits meeting the eastern dragon mythology.

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