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Ulugh Beg Observatory

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
+998 66 235 03 45
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Historic and informative

A great astronomer and strong ruler. the museum explains the site very well. the underground... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
CintiKidCincinnati
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Interesting but not much to see

If only the original building was still there or rebuild, that would make this place a real gem... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good37%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“small museum” (17 reviews)
“worth a visit” (12 reviews)
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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+998 66 235 03 45
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"small museum"
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"adjacent museum"
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"worth a visit"
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"small hill"
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"ulugh beg"
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"understand how"
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"below ground"
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"historic place"
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"amazing history"
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"shows how"
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"informative museum"
in 2 reviews
"islamic world"
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"grand son"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great astronomer and strong ruler. the museum explains the site very well. the underground "sextant" shown here is most amaying

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If only the original building was still there or rebuild, that would make this place a real gem. The museum is modest but well done, the remains are interesting to see. Like everywhere in Samarkand, the gardens are extremely well kept.

Thank sosthen
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't much left to see of the observatory and the museum is moderately interesting. What are staggering are the astronomical achievements made at the site and the sophistication of the science at the time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although Ulugh Beg was more of an astrologer than an astronomer, he accurately measured the positions in the sky of thousands of star about a century and a half before Tycho Brahe. If you have ever seem a photo of Tycho, sitting on a giant...More

Thank Questdoc
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really fascinating scientific instruments fashioned thousands of years ago and extremely accurate. It is amazing what the ancient people around Samarkand were able to achieve

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ulughbek Beg Observatory is worth a visit. Sadly only the underground part is still to see. This Observatory was destroyed and only recently uncovered. This Observatory was decades ahead of the West. Very interesting.

Thank sigzag
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting to learn how advanced Ulugbeg was in his observations and findings with regards to solar system and calculations. Interesting construction for measuring and establishing the length of a year ( 365 days, 8 hours) .

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gives a great insight into the state of knowledge in the period, and testimony to Ulugh Beg's leadership and forward thinking attitude.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short drive from the city centre we trekked out to the Ulugh Beg Observatory to see what the fuss was all about. The former observatory of Ulugh Beg the remaining structure is interesting to see and makes a lot more sense when you have...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very surprising to learn that world viewed as round so long ago. Glad to know there were so many intelligent people back then

1  Thank crnamom
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