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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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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 picture of his place in history

Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 really amazing. There is a museum as well which...More

Thank engHabib
Reviewed 18 May 2017

You must climb some stairs to reach this attraction. There is a museum which is worth a visit, quite educational.

Thank wardnick1
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I would recommend visiting the on site museum 1st this will allow you to understand how great were the achievements and and the full scale of the building of the quadrant to map 1080 stars is only to be marvelled at

Thank fieldarcher
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Historic location worth a visit on three counts: firstly, Ulugbek's story is a vital part of the Tamburlaine narrative; secondly, the attraction itself, with a newly enhanced museum, tells a compelling tale of early astronomy, and thirdly, the views over the city and across the...More

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Many rulers of the region are primarily known for cruelty or warfare. Ulugh Beg is known as a promotor of science. He was a remarkable man who left traces all over the world as well as a heritage of books, knowledge and pupils whose work...More

Thank Vijgeblad
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Ulugh beg was a great astronomer and grandson of Tamerlane and the museum really shows how ahead he was compared to Galileo. It is also a popular venue for Uzbek brides to visit

Thank dixie192
Reviewed 21 April 2017 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
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Salim A
Reviewed 19 April 2017 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.

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