A UNIVERSITY in Saudi Arabia and a hotel group are both showing interest in acquiring one of Mallorca’s most unusual buildings.

Both are currently in talks to buy the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca (OAM), on the market for €1.7m.

Both are understood to be in agreement to maintain the scientific use of the building.

The property includes the Planetarium, and the Astropark, which includes seven domes for viewing the night sky.

The observatory was built almost 27 years ago, and in 2014 detected Earth’s most dangerous asteroid.

Agent Amanda Butler, of MJC associates, who has been marketing the observatory, described it as an ‘almost unique place to buy’.

“It is possible to enhance the facilities by adding some form of accommodation in order to attract international groups, making it more financially viable in the future.  

“It would be a terrible tragedy for the island to lose such an important facility – so if you know anyone with an interest in the stars get in touch.”

Best of all, it has come down in price at it was originally around €1.8m.