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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 attraction for astronomy and history lovers.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Erge D
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Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Erge D
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

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

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Thank Anne G
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4 of 5 bubbles 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..

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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.

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

This trip was part of our guided tour and took our group by surprise. The observatory is on the top of a hill and stands next to a modern museum displaying relevant drawings and explanations. The main attraction is a large stone arc which, to those who understood what they were doing, was the gateway to an explanation of the... More 

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Cernusco, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

It was an interesting monument, and quite different from all the madrasas for a change. Not much remains, but it's still interesting. Especially coupled with the museum just there. I've read many complaints here about the price of the ticket. But I didn't pay, as it was included in my tour package, so I can't really say.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visit this observatory and you'll learn about one of the greatest astronomers of the medieval world Ulugh Beg and his achivements including the biggest sextant. The museum is also very intersting and instructive. From the observatory platform you'll also have beautiful views of Samarkand.

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