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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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An unexpected pleasure

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
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new york
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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fieldarcher
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Bristol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 mountains to Tajikistan are excellent.

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Epinay-sur-Orge, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 is still relevant. The observatory gives a very good idea of Ulugh Beg the scientist... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

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

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 5 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 

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Reviewed 4 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.

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