Hvar Observatory was established in 1972. as a joint endeavor of the Council for Scientific work of the Socialistic Republic of Croatia and the Astronomical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Ondrejov. The financial matters and the use of the Observatory are managed by co-founder, the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb.
It is situated on the southwest part of the island of Hvar just above the city of Hvar, on a steep hill 240 m above sea level, in the historical fortification Napoljun built by the French army in the 19th century during the Napoleonic wars. Because of its historical looks and idyllic position, the Observatory is often mistaken to be a touristic site, as it offers a beautiful view on the city of Hvar, surrounded by low mediterranean vegetation, which is gradually replaced by pine woods in the lower part of the hill.
Animation of Hvar Observatory 3D terrain model & Napoleon fortress
Courtesy of Prof. Drago Špoljarić, Jakov Maganić, Stipe Vranković and Ivan Žižić (Faculty of Geodesy).