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Ukraine's White Elephant observatory gets new lease of life

The observatory, which sits on the Pip Ivan peak, is a six-hour hike from the nearest town. In summer, the only road for transporting up building materials becomes an impassable bog.


PERCHED spectacularly 2,000 metres up on a snowcapped peak in Ukraine's Carpathian Mountains, the Bilyi Slon observatory has stood empty and battered by the elements for some seven decades.

Abandoned only a year after it was built in what was then Poland due to the outbreak...

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