The Old Manila Observatory

The Manila Observatory  (Observatorio Meteorologico de Manila) was originally built in Intramuros, Manila. It was founded by Padre Faura, a Jesuit priest, with the help of his fellow Jesuits. Unfortunately, the observatory was burned and destroyed during the Japanese invasion in the Philippines. If the old observatory only survived and preserved up to the present times, it could have housed the country’s  largest telescope – a 19 inch refractor on an equatorial mount.

Below are a few pictures I took from the Manila Observatory Archives Exhibit:

The 19-inch refractor telescope

To give you an idea how huge the telescope was

Fr. Heyden, one of the Jesuit astronomers of the Manila Observatory


If only I could go back through time to see the gigantic telescope and meet all the Jesuit astronomers in the Philippines.

Feel free to drop by and visit the Manila Observatory Archive Exhibit at the Manila Observatory. The present Manila Observatory is located inside the Ateneo de Manila University Campus in Loyola Heights, Quezon City since 1965.  Also check the Manila Observatory Archives website to know the Jesuit scientists’ life and work at the Manila Observatory.


~ by Stella's Gaze on February 5, 2011.

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