Visiting R 77 5

Ever since I heard about the Nebra sky disk I was fascinated – by its history as well as by the way it was discovered (and rescued). Based on its current dating it features the oldest concrete depiction of the cosmos found until today. I am always amazed what scientists can discover and find out.

The Nebra sky disc, greenish circle with golden sun, moon and stars, at the bottom and to the right golden arcs
The sky disc, picture by JoKalliauer, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

Passing through the area on a dad-daughter trip we took the chance to visit the place of finding. But before we went there we went to the information center. It stands next right next to it. Nevertheless, the center and the place of discovery are different squares. This is why I focus on the center in this post only.

Architects can have all kind of crazy ideas around monuments. Here they really tried to link the building to its purpose. The golden arc-like shape of the building is supposed to reflect the golden arc of the disk.

Me in the foreground, building with a golden arc structure in the background, sitting next to a street, a field and forest

They put a lot of thought into its interior as well. When you stand on a very specific spot in the largest room you will see the sun and the moon and the 7 stars just like they are on the disc. But only in one spot. Anywhere else it just looks like a strangely formed walls to carry all the information they give you about the disc itself. What an awesome idea.

It is the first time I have been to a center that so fully absorbed its purpose not only in what it is displaying but also in its whole structure.

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