Ulugh Beg Observatory, Samarkand

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See the movement of the heavenly spheres at Ulugh Beg Observatory, used by preeminent 15th-century Muslim astronomers. Built by a famous scientist-ruler (and grandson of Tamerlane) in 1429, this monumental, ornate cylindrical building allows high-precision observation of the passage of the sun and moon. Try the high-tech Sextant of Fakhri, a marble instrument 40 m (131 ft) in diameter used to make major corrections of Ptolemy's works. A small museum in the observatory details its work, but you should do some research in advance. Destroyed in 1449, the observatory laid dormant until 1908. Arrange to visit Ulugh Beg Observatory and other attractions in Samarkand using our Samarkand itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Ulugbek observatory is the best place on Earth to get a knowledge about the sky and stars. So impressive long time ago it was explored by genius ancestor of Uzbek Nation. He is the proud of the nation...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    If you have time and you go with guide worth a go, if you're just not waste time. On this trip, we see that it is very important to go with a guide to understand many things. There is also a small museum in the Observatory and is interesting enough to tell you how worked years ago.
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  • August 7, 2017
    I am proud to be uzbek. Especially when i visit this place! Ulugbek was genius. Please take guide before You start.  more »
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  • February 11, 2017
    It is worth to see. The observatory is relatively far from the main attractions of Samarkand. After the discovering the place, just part of the observatory were recovered enough to give us the real dimension of Mirzo Ulugbek.
  • September 30, 2016
    Very interesting but not that much old remains here. Take a taxi from the city centre, it's far!
  • April 25, 2017
    Not much to see, but good museum
  • November 14, 2015
    Impressive, but only bottom part remains...
  • July 1, 2016
    Ok

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