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Category of Astronomical Heritage: tangible immovable
Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Netherlands

Format: UNESCO National tentative list

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  • InfoTheme: Astronomy from the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century
    Entity: 155
    Subentity: 1
    Version: 10
    Status: PUB
    Date: 2022-02-21 21:02:30
    Author(s): Clive Ruggles


State of affairs of the World Heritage nomination dossier:

The director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Mr Lazare Eloundou, received the nomination dossier on January 18, 2022.

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science summarizes as follows in her presentation letter:
“Constructed in the 18th century to enlighten people about astronomy, Eise Eisinga’s planetarium continues to fulfil that same purpose today. In its modernday incarnation, it also tells the story of the scientific knowledge that led to the mechanism’s design and implementation.
The Eise Eisinga Planetarium unites cultural heritage, science and education in one magnificent object.”

The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium is submitted on

As stated there, it is the oldest working planetarium in the world and is still in its original state. Its moving model of the solar system was constructed between 1774 and 1781 by Eise Eisinga, a Frisian wool-comber, in his own home.


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