Ulugh Beg Observatory, Samarkand

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World heritage site · Observatory · Science Museum
See the movement of the heavenly spheres at Ulugh Beg Observatory, used by preeminent 15th-century Muslim astronomers. Built by a famous scientist-ruler (and grandson of Tamerlane) in 1429, this monumental, ornate cylindrical building allows high-precision observation of the passage of the sun and moon. Try the high-tech Sextant of Fakhri, a marble instrument 40 m (131 ft) in diameter used to make major corrections of Ptolemy's works. A small museum in the observatory details its work, but you should do some research in advance. Destroyed in 1449, the observatory laid dormant until 1908. Put Ulugh Beg Observatory into our Samarkand online travel route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Samarkand.
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  • The building itself was destroy and left only few part. But from that ruin, you will realize how amazing the astronomy and science in Islamic era  more »
  • This is one of the places on earth where the history begins. Ulugbeg is maybe Copernic of East. A must see.  more »
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