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La Specola in Florence, edited

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Alf, May 8, 2011.

  1. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The Specola of Florence is an ancient science museum, built where the Florence Observatory ("La Specola") once was.

    We spent some hours there, visiting an exhibition showing a crystals collection with huge, rare, beautiful samples.
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    Then, a short look at the permanent area before closing time
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    Outside...

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    All pics PP in LR3.4

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  2. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Northeastern Tuscany
    The outside set is here
     
  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Interesting pictorial story Alf. I enjoyed it.
    Picture no. 5 kinda reminds me of an Alien City.
    My 11 year old cousin is really into rocks and geology and he would love to see some of this stuff. He has quite a collection already, and the most interesting to me is a smallish round rock which is a petrified lemon.

    I was very surprised to see the outside of the museum! Not something you'd see like that everyday. (maybe all the buildings are like that over where you are)
     
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  4. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I looked it up, it's a sample of Malachite from Zaire (now Congo Dem. Rep.), deposited in unusual circumstances, involving thermal waters flowing at high temperatures. Apparently, no other similar occurrencies have been found.