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The construction of the Troodos observatory has started - An ornament for the Splash

The construction of the state-of-the-art Troodos observatory in Agridia began at the end of April, after seven years of preparations. "The time has come," said George Tzivas, Director of the Press Office of the Planetarium - Observatory of Cyprus, with satisfaction in "Business Limassol", adding that this year is a milestone for Astronomy in Cyprus.
The goal continued, is the work to be completed in 16 months and the observatory to operate in October 2022. The cornerstone of this important project for Pitsilia, will be laid by the President of the Republic on May 15, World Astronomy Day. The Observatory, pointed out George Tzivas, will be interconnected with other European observatories, especially the Skinakas Observatory in Sitia, Crete, being a network of information, training and information centers for astronomical observation and space.
The building will feature two huge telescopes, a 20-inch observatory astronomical telescope with a mechanically rotating vaulted roof and a solar observatory telescope with a mechanically movable roof and a small planetarium. The purpose is to create a landmark building, located at the top of the mountain.
The observatory is part of the GEOSTARS projects of the Interreg V-A Cross-Border Cooperation Program "Greece-Cyprus" 2014-2020 and is co-financed by the European Union and national resources of Cyprus. The cost of construction and astronomical equipment amounts to € 1.4 million.
Growth cell for Pitsilia
The observatory means a lot to the wider area, said in "Business Limassol" the mayor of Agridia Andreas Eugeniou, as he will
increase traffic and contribute to the economic development of the region.
The project is expected to attract astronomers, observers, scholars, researchers and astronomy enthusiasts from around the world, while it will be a pole of attraction for all schools in Cyprus. Pitsilia will benefit by attracting alternative agritourism and astrotourism, while new jobs will be created for the observatory, the reception of schools, the operation of its cafeteria-restaurant, and the souvenir shop.

The construction of the state-of-the-art Troodos observatory in Agridia began at the end of April, after seven years of preparations. "The time has come," said George Tzivas, Director of the Press Office of the Planetarium - Observatory of Cyprus



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