ABOUT THE PROJECT
Just behind the Soviet memorial in Treptower Park, where the city already ends for many Berliners, small domed pavilions lie scattered on the lawn: They are observatories from the GDR era, built in the1950s and 1960s, extensions of the historic Archenhold Observatory. Behind these pavilions, a giant telescope juts skyward from the roof of what appears to be a classical villa. This landmark is the “sky cannon” of astronomer Simon Friedrich Archenhold. It is considered to be the longest refracting telescope in the world and was first set up on the occasion of the Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin in 1896.