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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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  • Built by great astronomer Ulugh Beg, this trench shows his interest in scientist research and astronomy. Entrance was free to trench, while museum had a hefty fee of 22000 soms, so I ignored its visit...  more »
  • It's amazing how before we Westerners in boasting of our knowledge, history, education, etc., we do not know the greatness of Islamic civilization. Centuries ago, in Samarkand, studied astronomy seriously and consistently. I visited this Observatory some time ago (actually it was one of my wanderings in 2012 to ex-Soviet countries of Central Asia, but it stuck in my head for sure that we need to learn to be tolerant of humbly the culture of the East. The visit is law!
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  • If you look at "our Rashu", then there is a episode when Ravshan discusses topics with a colleague on a highly intellectual level. East-a delicate matter! Ancient scholars and thinkers lived mostly in Asia than Europe. Ulugh beg-the brightest representative of the peoples of the East. His Observatory has allowed him to make great discoveries in astronomy and geography.
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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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