The Jaipur Observatory, in northern India. This open-air museum has a
collection of astronomical instruments and is officially known as Jantar
Mantar, which can be translated as
It is the
biggest stone observatory in the world and is listed as
an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was built by
Sawai Jai Singh
the founder of city of Jaipur and is just one of 5
astronomical observatories that he had constructed in
The Jaipur Observatory
was built between 1727 and 1734, at the time when he
also built his new capital here.
Jantar Mantar is the
best preserved observatory, as well as the largest still
intact, and is a showcase of the architectural,
cosmological and astrological skills and wisdom of that time.