Situated on Douglas Head, overlooking the beautifully panoramic Douglas Bay and harbour, this recently resored piece of Victoriana is a real gem.
The Obscura is unique, I believe, as it is the only one in the world with 11 mirrors. The Isle of Man Government bought the structure just over 10 years ago to preserve it for posterity and to save it from falling down the hillside. Thank goodness they had the foresight to do so and to invest the time, effort and resources to virtually rebuild it, thus restoring the original features to their former glory. (It was found to be structurally unsound and in otherwise poor condition after purchase).
It is best visited when there is activity (such as yachting races in the bay, a lifeboats launch, or shipping movements) and on a clear day for maximum effect.
It is easily accessible on foot or by car but is now operated by volunteers from the local Victorian Society at weekends only during the summer months.
Well worth a viisit!
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