As much as we admire the stunning images and incredible data we get from observatories, the buildings themselves are works of art in their own right. It's hard not to admire them as they sit high above cities and nestled into mountain peaks. What a view.

Sphinx Observatory, 11,716 ft (3,571 m) above mean sea level, Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, built in 1937

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Observatoire du Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Pic du Midi, a mountain in the French Pyrenees, France, completed in 1908

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Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, opened in 1935

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Alasht observatory, Mazandaran Province, Iran

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Einsteinturm, Potsdam, Germany, designed by Erich Mendelsohn, became operational in 1924

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Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, Canada, operated between 1902 and 1970

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Infrared Telescope Facility, a NASA-operated infrared observatory at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, first light in 1979

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Urania Sternwarte, Z√ľrich, Switzerland, established in 1907

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Lund University Observatory, Lund, Sweden

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Nordic Optical Telescope, La Palma, Canary Islands, built in 1988

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Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory, Toronto, Canada, designed in 1853 by Frederick Cumberland

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Caltech Submillimeter Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, built in 1985

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Meteorological observatory and restaurant on the top of Sniezka Mountain, Poland, built in 1974

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The observatory of ETH Z√ľrich named Semper Sternwarte in Z√ľrich, Switzerland, opened in 1864

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The Jantar Mantar of New Delhi, India, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, 1724

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Fabra Observatory, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built in 1904

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