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Copernicus' Observatory is a World Wonder in Sid Meier's Civilization.


To maximize science production, build Copernicus' Observatory in the same city as the Colossus.

Civilopedia entry[]

Early in the 16th Century, Nicholas Copernicus rediscovered the heliocentric theory of planetary motion, which is the belief -- now known to be fact -- that the planets revolve around the Sun. The foundation of modern astronomy was this theory and the meticulous scientific data collected by Copernicus in his Observatory, a small room in an East Prussian Cathedral spire. The methods of his research and observation that led to his correct conclusion were also a rebirth of the scientific method and an important step in the advance of knowledge.


  • Despite both the manual and Civilopedia reporting that the Automobile advance makes this wonder obsolete, due to a bug it does not have any effect and continues to work anyway.
Civilization Wonders
Ancient World

ColossusGreat LibraryGreat WallHanging GardensLighthouseOraclePyramids

Middle Ages

Copernicus' ObservatoryIsaac Newton's CollegeJ.S. Bach's Cathedral
Magellan's ExpeditionMichelangelo's ChapelShakespeare's Theatre

Industrial Age

Darwin's VoyageApollo ProgramCure for CancerHoover DamManhattan ProjectSETI Program
United NationsWomen's Suffrage