Eye of Eger

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The tower is capped by a Camera Obscura, also designed by Maximilian Hell in 1776. While there are a number of Camera Obscuras in various stages of decay across Europe, Eger likes to claim its is one of the oldest functioning instrument.

If you climb to the top of the tower, you get a chance to see it in operation. The instrument has nearly a 360° view of the town, except where part of the tower’s roof obstructs the view.

The Astronomy Tower, its observation room and its Camera Obscura suggest the importance of observatories as markers of scientific knowledge. It was also a way to connect Eger to Vienna, the cultural, intellectual, and administrative capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Posted: 4 January, 2016


Category: Cameras Obscuras

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  1. […] a magic hall of interactive experimental devices, and the camera obscura – known as the Eye of Eger – used in 1776 to spy on the city and entertain […]

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