Greenwich Royal Observatory

Greenwich Royal Observatory

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Antique steel engraving of Greenwich Royal Observatory, 1845. The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August. The site was chosen by Sir Christopher Wren. At that time the king also created the position of Astronomer Royal. He appointed John Flamsteed as the first Astronomer Royal. The building was completed in the summer of 1676.

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