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. Put Ulugh Beg Observatory into our Samarkand online travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Samarkand.
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  • Although it is relatively modest site compared to other Samarkand's monuments, it sheds light on scientific progress in the 15th century and on investment in science. Ulugh-Beg created amazing tools a...  more »
  • Built in 1420 by Tamerlaine's grandson, this is a fascinating piece of history to find astronomy six hundered years old. What a man.  more »
  • Long before the more famous European astronomers were cataloging the stars and other celestial phenomenon, Mirza Ulugh Beg compiled very precise and complete chart of over 1000 stars visible to the na...  more »
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  • Amazing how the ancient folks of bygone period could get it so right for science. Just by looking at the excavated structure, you will have to put on your imagination and figure out how immense it would have been for the whole observatory to be like as a hold. OK...no need to burnt too much brain cells, they actually have a model of the modern interpretation of what the observatory could have been..pity that the museum is somewhat smallish and doesn't give away a lot of info. Still worth a visit. 3.5 stars
  • Amazing place, full of history! This observatory is partially ruined, however the most interesting part is still there and you can see it on photo. And don't be greedy to take local guide tour there, this guy is awesome!)))
  • Great astronomer with great achievements. His observatory was far ahead of time. There are a few artifacts here and diagrams relating to astronomy. Remnants of the observatory can be seen in front of the museum. The statue of Ulugh Beg is also available. The history of Timur Lane can be found here too. A good family tree and his territories of control are shown.
  • Fascinating. Great accomplishment for Uzbek astronomer.
  • Really interesting location which had been restored to show how one of humanities greatest astronomers did his work. The musuem nextdoor is fantastic, just the right amount of information to give you a sense of what Ulugh Beg was all about.
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