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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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  • This observatory built around 600 years ago was far ahead of its time when built. It allowed them to watch and track the night sky with accuracy. Destroyed centuries ago, the main arc is still there a...  more »
  • Before the wide steps leading to the Observatory, stands a monument of Ulug beg. Many bridal couples visit this monument because Ulug beg was the only ruler who had only one woman. On the small hill is the Museum for astronomy and on the other side you can see a part of the Sextant, which is original.
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  • Incredible how such a massive, but very accurate appliance people could build so many centuries ... It is a pity that is destroyed the upper part of the appliance. And it would be interesting to see it in motion!
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  • Very interesting but not that much old remains here. Take a taxi from the city centre, it's far!
  • Impressive, but only bottom part remains...
  • Beautiful place
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  • Taxi Tour No. 3. Impressive science, but not much to see. Only little left to see. Museum has very small info, so recommended not to buy ticket, just watch the remains of Observatory. Were the backbone of the Korean Astronomical Society is based of Congregation. The Museum is a Tic Tac and wreckage since the end of a table of the Observatory just buy quickly and let's move on to the next course. The Ulu that take photos or in front of a statue of Beck.
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  • You can see a small museum from the Observatory. 14,000 of breath is
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