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The walk-in Globe in the palace garden of the castle of Gottorf, Schleswig, was the first planetarium of the world
About 1660 Frederick III, the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, had the Globe of Gottorf built. The work was done under the supervision of his scientist, mathematician and geographer Adam Olearius. The globe had a diameter of 3.1m and soon became world famous. For the first time the presentation of the world and of the sky were combined. On the outside the world as it was known at that time is shown, and inside visitors could marvel at the starry sky and the astrological and mythological constellations. The stars and constellations were illuminated by candles, and for the movement of the globe water power was used. Like the earth it turns around its axle, and it was the first planetarium of the world. Today one turn takes about 8 minutes. Up to 8 visitors fit into this globe.In 1717 the globe was taken to St. Petersburg by Tzar Peter the Great as spoils of war. There it was destroyed by fire and needed to be rebuilt by tsarina Elisabeth of Russia. Nowadays the globe in Gottorf is a near-replica, but today with electric lights and motors.