Monday, 31 December 2012

1338 IN - The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)

Brief Description

"The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India's historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period."
简塔•曼塔天文台

"印度斋浦尔的简塔•曼塔天文台建成于18世纪初,建筑为砖石结构。天文台内建有一组由20多个主要固定装置构成的观测设 备。它们是已知观测装置中的不朽杰作,并在许多方面有着自身的特点。简塔•曼塔天文台为用肉眼进行天文观测而设计,其建筑和装置都采用了不少创新设计。它 是印度最重要、最全面、保存也最完好的古天文台,展现了印度莫卧儿时代末期对宇宙的认知以及探究天文学的能力。"
Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1338
Courtesy of seetas from postcrossing forum

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