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The Nice Observatory (Observatoire de Nice) is located in Nice, France on the summit of Mont Gros . The observatory was initiated in 1879 by the banker Raphaël Bischoffsheim . The architect was Charles Garnier, and Gustave Eiffel designed the main cupola.
The 76-cm (30-inch) refractor telescope that became operational in 1888 was at that time the world's largest telescope. It was outperformed one year later by the 36-inch (91-cm) refractor at the Lick Observatory.
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