Shrouded in mystery

The Round Tower owns an important collection of astronomical instruments, star charts, paintings and copperplates – as well as a piece of Tycho Brahe’s shroud.

Brahe died in Prague, where he spent the last four years of his life after falling out with Christian IV. Speculation was long rife as to whether it really was Brahe who lay in the grave that bore his name. On the 300th anniversary of his death, the astronomer’s grave was finally opened up, revealing his skeleton in a shroud of black silk. Brewer Hoffmeyer, in Prague for the opening of the grave, obtained a piece of the shroud, which he later donated to the Round Tower.