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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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  • Ulugh Beg was before his time in terms of his understanding and mapping of the stars. Only a small portion of his original observatory remains but the nearby museum paints a clear and facinating pictu...  more »
  • The observatory of the 15th century run by the emperor and grand son of Amir Temur, an Astronomist himself is a wonder to watch, the placement and use of the huge sextant during those days feels reall...  more »
  • You must climb some stairs to reach this attraction. There is a museum which is worth a visit, quite educational.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very interesting but not that much old remains here. Take a taxi from the city centre, it's far!
  • Not much to see, but good museum
  • Impressive, but only bottom part remains...
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