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Address: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of...

A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.

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Fantastic observatory

This trip was part of our guided tour and took our group by surprise. The observatory is on the top of a hill and stands next to a modern museum displaying relevant drawings and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was part of our guided tour and took our group by surprise. The observatory is on the top of a hill and stands next to a modern museum displaying relevant drawings and explanations. The main attraction is a large stone arc which, to those who understood what they were doing, was the gateway to an explanation of the... More 

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Cernusco, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an interesting monument, and quite different from all the madrasas for a change. Not much remains, but it's still interesting. Especially coupled with the museum just there. I've read many complaints here about the price of the ticket. But I didn't pay, as it was included in my tour package, so I can't really say.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit this observatory and you'll learn about one of the greatest astronomers of the medieval world Ulugh Beg and his achivements including the biggest sextant. The museum is also very intersting and instructive. From the observatory platform you'll also have beautiful views of Samarkand.

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Thank Emil-Nistor
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For those interested in astrology this is very interesting. There is not much left of the observatory itself but the museum is interesting with a well set out timeline and history. Many Uzbeks visited there for wedding pics - we saw about 15 weddings on our visit!

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Thank Jo G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Ulug Beg was one of Uzbekistan's most famous sons who was renowned as not only a ruler but also one of the ancient / medieval worlds most famous and influential astronomers. He built this extraordinary observatory which rightly now bears his name. Unfortunately only a small part of the original observatory still remains but it is well worth a visit,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Amazed to discover this exceptional man who was so renown then for his observations of the sky and discoveries.

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Thank Lilly062
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Ulugh Beg Observatory is an observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Ulugh Beg, the ruler of Transoxiana from 1409 to 1449, had been interested in astronomy from childhood and had visited the remains of Maragha Observatory in his younger years. In 1420 he established a school in his capital city Samarqand, where mathematical sciences were taught, and after four years he... More 

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

It is not a place where you would go to take pictures, because it is historical monument where great scientist and emperor of his time used to work and establish astronomy. Inside the museum you can see his books and some of his works translated by scientists of other countries.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The Ulugh Beg Observatory is an observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It was built in the 1420s by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg, it is considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world. Some of the famous Islamic astronomers who worked at the observatory include Al-Kashi, Ali Qushji, and Ulugh Beg himself. The observatory... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Observatory is on the edge of town and we took a taxi from the Registan area for about 7,000 sum to the location. Not much remains of the actual 14th century observatory but an underground piece as shown in the picture but there is a nice museum there, where, for a fee, you can learn about Ulugh Beg and... More 

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