Ulugh Beg Observatory
Ulugh Beg Observatory
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A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.
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  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Place
    Very interesting place. The observatory has an interesting museum devoted to Ulugbek and other astronomers. Beside it is what os left of the amazing instrument he used to map the stars and calculate the exact length of a year to 365 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes and 8 seconds...only 62 seconds from the measurement name by modern day computers. Amazing accuracy.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astronomical heritage
    The Ulugbek Observatory in Samarkand is a historical landmark built in the 15th century by the famous astronomer and mathematician, Ulugbek. The observatory was a major center for scientific research and education in the region, and it played a significant role in the development of astronomy and mathematics in the Muslim world. Right next to the observatory, there is a museum where visitors can learn about the history of science.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
  • KatielouAustralia
    Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Observatory
    Such an interesting place. Originally built in 1428 the remains of this observatory remained hidden for centuries. According to the plans, the Observatory was a round three-story building with a diameter of 46.4 m and a height of at least 30 m.it contained a marble quadrant. The Fakhri sextant can still be seen and is orientated against the south-to-north meridian with precision. Each step equals one degree and was used to measure celestial bodies. This was all before the telescope was invented!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • LondonE3Traveller
    London, United Kingdom1,407 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a short visit, not a huge amount to see
    It’s worth visiting for the historical significance and to see the small museum. You don’t need long as 30 mins would be enough. On google maps it appears there are 2 things to do at this location but it’s just 1. The observatory is just looking at the place where the observatory used to be and the small museum is in the building. Would recommend visiting but don’t plan it as a long visit as you only need a short amount of time. Would recommend visiting the museum first and look at the models of the observatory so you know what you’re looking at when you look at the ruin.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit underwhelming for non-astronomy fans
    The Ulugbek Observatory is a wee bit off the beaten track. It consists of a small museum containing instruments related to astronomy and writings related to various astronomical and administrative matters. Nearby, there’s also the remains of a quadrant which slopes down and then up to a small opening at the far end. Nice grounds, but not sure it’s worth a special trip out to see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
  • paolovbossi
    The Hague, The Netherlands862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much left, but extremely interesting. Taxi needed
    It is a little bit outside the center of Samarkand, so a car (taxi) is required. There is not much left and personally i would have not enjoyed it so much without our guide explaining the impact of the work of Ulugbek and of other Uzbek astronomers in the history. The visit is quite rapid since most of the original buildings are lost. There is a small Exhibition very nice to show how this astronomer was precise and anticipated astronomical discoveries made in the western countries much later.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 October 2023
  • becklambert
    150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting - worth trip
    Very interesting small museum to understand the Uzbek influence in astronomy. Some of the qr codes worked next to exhibits but a bit patchy. Guides available for museum and outside. May be worth getting hotel or a local to help with taxi out - struggled a bit to be understood.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
  • fozjon
    Jaipur, India1,815 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a great glimpse into history of Samarkand
    exceedingly glad that we got to visit this place. It is historically significant and the museum (not my very favorite) was worthwhile for getting the big picture of what was happening 500 years ago in this part of the world. It was very interesting to see overlaps between this observatory and our own city of Jaipur and the history of north India.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
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Her M
London, UK64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was the most unpleasant experience in Uzbekistan. Upon arriving at the garden outside the observatory building a guard kept pointing, yelling and chasing us to buy tickets. He said solely standing there required a ticket. The ticket was 40000 per person and was completely unworthy given the small size and unspectacular appearance of the building and too few exhibits on display, alongside the rude attitude of the guard. Do not recommend to go. Waste of money and time.
Written 3 April 2024
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fozjon
Jaipur, India1,815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
exceedingly glad that we got to visit this place. It is historically significant and the museum (not my very favorite) was worthwhile for getting the big picture of what was happening 500 years ago in this part of the world. It was very interesting to see overlaps between this observatory and our own city of Jaipur and the history of north India.
Written 15 March 2024
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becklambert
Brighton150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very interesting small museum to understand the Uzbek influence in astronomy. Some of the qr codes worked next to exhibits but a bit patchy. Guides available for museum and outside.
May be worth getting hotel or a local to help with taxi out - struggled a bit to be understood.
Written 4 March 2024
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Ruud C
Kursk, Russia80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A small place outside of Samarkand. Not very exciting.some of the history of samarkand and a bit of the observatorium. Not interesting for children
Written 2 March 2024
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It is a little bit outside the center of Samarkand, so a car (taxi) is required. There is not much left and personally i would have not enjoyed it so much without our guide explaining the impact of the work of Ulugbek and of other Uzbek astronomers in the history. The visit is quite rapid since most of the original buildings are lost. There is a small Exhibition very nice to show how this astronomer was precise and anticipated astronomical discoveries made in the western countries much later.
Written 26 October 2023
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,580 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We came here as part of a tour so I have no idea on entry prices but we were here maybe 20 minutes. The observatory of Uleg Bek, one of the scientific wonders of the age, was completely destroyed and all that you can see now are the excavations from a Russian archaeological dig.
There is a small museum on site which shows what the observatory did, some information on the work of Ulug Bek and how it influenced other scientists worldwide. A very important figure, largely unknown in the West and the destruction of the observatory and the associated library and scientists was tragic.
Written 15 October 2023
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Ulugbek Observatory is a wee bit off the beaten track. It consists of a small museum containing instruments related to astronomy and writings related to various astronomical and administrative matters.

Nearby, there’s also the remains of a quadrant which slopes down and then up to a small opening at the far end. Nice grounds, but not sure it’s worth a special trip out to see it.
Written 29 September 2023
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Matvl
4,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
While there is not the wow factor of other sites in Samarkand it is fascinating to visit the observatory - and understand the impact that Ulug Beg had on the world - certainly a visionary leader with far reaching impact and insight. The small museum area really helps to bring the site to life; even if most of the observatory is no longer present.
Written 10 September 2023
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LondonE3Traveller
London, UK1,407 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It’s worth visiting for the historical significance and to see the small museum. You don’t need long as 30 mins would be enough. On google maps it appears there are 2 things to do at this location but it’s just 1. The observatory is just looking at the place where the observatory used to be and the small museum is in the building. Would recommend visiting but don’t plan it as a long visit as you only need a short amount of time. Would recommend visiting the museum first and look at the models of the observatory so you know what you’re looking at when you look at the ruin.
Written 4 August 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Such an interesting place. Originally built in 1428 the remains of this observatory remained hidden for centuries. According to the plans, the Observatory was a round three-story building with a diameter of 46.4 m and a height of at least 30 m.it contained a marble quadrant. The Fakhri sextant can still be seen and is orientated against the south-to-north meridian with precision. Each step equals one degree and was used to measure celestial bodies. This was all before the telescope was invented!!
Written 8 July 2023
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