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The dome of the observatory National in Athens. This is a view of the Acropolis.

Unique of its kind in the Balkan peninsula to its creation, the National Observatory of Athens remains committed to research in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics.

Built in 1842 on plans designed by the famous architect Hansen, whose work is still essential in Athens, this building resembling Byzantine church is growing rapidly and has since the late nineteenth century departments research in astronomy, meteorology and geodynamics organized.

Today, after 170 years of existence, the National Observatory has five research institutes and does not handle less than five study stations in the country.

Beyond its contribution in the fields of education and science, in particular allows NOA to make accurate monitoring of seismic activity in Greece.

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