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The Sina building at the National Observatory of Athens. Photograph: Why Athens

ASTRONOMY TOURS at the National Observatory of Athens

Where: National Observatory of Athens
When: Throughout June & July 2018
Why Go: Take in the wonders of the Athenian sky by night with the Doridis telescope

The visitors centre of the National Observatory of Athens will be conducting evening tours in English on dates throughout June & July offering the public the opportunity to peer through the 8 metre dome of the Doridis telescope, to enjoy the Athenian sky from the Hill of the Nymphs, opposite the Acropolis.

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Inside the domed building of the Doridis telescope. Photograph: Theofanis Matsopoulos.

The Doridis refracting telescope was built by the French company P.F. Gautier in 1902. It is housed in a building designed by Ernst Ziller, a short distance from the Sinas building. It was used for the first time at the eclipse of the sun on 30th August, 1905.

The telescope was out of use for nearly half a century due to the lack of resources. In 2014 it was completely restored thanks to a generous donation made by telecommunications company OTE-COSMOTE.

Other highlights:

The Sina building at the National Observatory of Athens has some of the first telescopes of Greece, including the meridian refractor of G. Bouris (1846). It also houses the Geoastrophysics museum and observatory library.

Observatory Tour Days:

Tour will be conducted in English every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night in June & July starting at 9:00pm at a cost of 5 euros per person.


Seicento l’amoroso
14 June, 9:30pm
Monologues and baroque arias with mythological themes
Marianzella Hatzistamatiou, soprano
Nikos Panagiotidis, lute player
General admission 10 euros
Full Moon Concert
28 June, 9:00pm
Vocals, piano and cello
Per Bloch, vocals and electronics
Christine Raft, piano
Live Johansson, cello
General admission 5 euros

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