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Address: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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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A must see for tourists who care about History of science

An interesting place to visit and ponder how humanity progressed its observing knowledge of the universe.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Salim A
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have a lot of time and you are in the area, then you can pay it a visit. However, it costs 17k per person and can be easily skipped, coz its just a small museum with a heavily restructured observatory

Thank JD D
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting place to visit and ponder how humanity progressed its observing knowledge of the universe.

Thank Salim A
Rishon Lezion, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place of the old Ulugh Beg's astronomical observatory, where we find a huge, original sextant. Opposite the sextant building there's a small museum in a modern, but old-looking building. At the base of small hill, we can admire the old ruler's statue.

Thank Fane_Babanul
Port Lincoln, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I expected to see the ruins of a tower, steps and some replica gadgetry at the top. How wrong? The remains of the observatory and the adjacent museum sited on the top the highest hill in the city, was fascinating. Uleg Bek was the grandson of Timur was a real free thinker and educator., but mathematics and astronomy were his... More 

Thank Frantic_12
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This building was built by an amazing astronomer called Ulug Bek. The observatory is well protected and is an attraction point for astronomy and history lovers. You can also go to the museum which is just near the observatory to learn more about Ulug Bek and his observations.

Thank Erge D
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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. The trench is located on the hill so the city views outside the trench were also awesome.

Thank Faraz2712
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

A most interesting place to visit and see the remains of this amazing 15th century observatory and small museum.

Thank Anne G
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

.. i love historical places and this observatory really amazed me.. it is so nice that they were able to preserve such an important part of Uzbekistan's history..

Thank ELsbeth F
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

This astronomer was way ahead of his time. The chair he used to view and chart the skies was moved along an elliptical track so he could track the curvature of the earth! He did loose his head over it eventually and the statue of him in the square is world class.

Thank k s
Glass House Mountains, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 and with a bit of imagination you can see what they were doing. Whilst not a great deal exists these days, there is a... More 

Thank Paulette A

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