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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This is one of the places on earth where the history begins. Ulugbeg is maybe Copernic of East. A must see. more »
This observatory was built by Ulugh Beg, a well known astronomer of his time between 1424 and 1429. It was considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world at..... more »
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