Tycho Brahe Heritage Centre, Ven
Unique scientific setting
Tycho Brahe's discovery of a new bright star sent echoes far and wide, and the Danish king, much impressed, invited him to establish an observatory on the small island of Ven in the Öresund. Over 21 years, 1576-1597, Tycho Brahe built up an astronomical centre around the island's highest point. He named his splendid residence Uraniborg, and the world had never seen its like. In this two-floor renaissance palace he also developed astronomical instruments of a level not seen previously, and when Uraniborg was no longer enough he built a new underground facility: Stjärneborg. Brahe gradually fell out with both the local population and the king. By 1597 the breakdown in relations was absolute and Brahe took up a post with Kaiser Rudolf in Prague, taking his most valuable instruments with him.
The people of Ven did not mourn the loss of this demanding scientist, and the once so enthusiastic king had Uraniborg torn down in 1616. Before long the relics of a great and remarkable scientific era were more or less eradicated.
Today the site of the Brahe Heritage Centre is protected. It includes the Tycho Brahe museum, which is housed in the former Allhelgona Church and tells the story of Tycho Brahe's life and science. Of Uraniborg all that is left is a few foundation stones and a well, while the remains of the underground Stjärneborg can be viewed from a glazed platform. Brahe's garden, which was planned with strict geometric precision, has been reconstructed. This sixteenth century garden has been recreated using plants that would have been found on Ven, or in Denmark, in Tycho Brahe's time. There is also a playground with a historical theme and a Planet Walk according to scale.
- Wheelchair ramp
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