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GREECE - Athens

Conservation

THE NATURAL, ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORIC HERITAGE OF THE NATIONAL OBSERVATORY

2010

The restoration and conservation of this very important historic complex has been highly commended by the jury. The Observatory is situated in the centre of modern Athens on the ancient hill of the Nymphs. The complex is constituted of four historic buildings designed by the famous European architects Theophil Hansen and Ernst Ziller and a surrounding historic garden. The Observatory has, until recently, maintained its original use as the National Observatory of Greece. The awarded project converted it to a geoastrophysics Museum, which integrally preserves the original equipment (geoatrophysical instruments) as well as a historic library containing hundreds of volumes specialised in geastrophysics, published from the 18th century.