Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea has reopened today the Astronomical Observatory “Amiral Vasile Urseanu” after being consolidated and rehabilitated for two years as a result of an investment of EUR 2.6 million, out of which 85 percent comprised European funds.
The news is the Planetarium of a dimension 5×3 and a digital telescope with the spyglass of Vasile Urseanu amiral in the cupola.
Firea said that the municipality is working to make a map that shows the Bucharest touristic attractions, which will include the Astronomical Observatory.
The European financing contract was signed in June 2014 and the works should have been done by April 2015. According to the obligations assumed by the Bucharest City Hall, through the European financing contract, the Observer has to become a touristic objective and have 10,000 visitors/year.
The building of the Observer is in the administration of the Bucharest Municipality. Currently, the first floor hosts a painting exhibition as an urban symbol, with images from the entire Europe and the second floor hosts a painting exhibition dedicated to astronomy.
It was constructed as an yacht form by Vasile Urseanu amiral to give the impression of being on a sea when looking at the stars.
Photo source: Radio Romania Bucuresti