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A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
+998 66 235 03 45
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first port of call in Samarkend and absalutely fascinating. Built by Ulugh Beg, a grandson of Amir Timur, whose work in the Obervatory was so sophisticated for it's time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved learning about this amazing scientist, and loved seeing his original apparatus for studying astronomy as well as determining the length of a year. Science geeks will love this!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PoisonPrincess
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Although it is relatively modest site compared to other Samarkand's monuments, it sheds light on scientific progress in the 15th century and on investment in science. Ulugh-Beg created amazing tools and capabilities for those days in both astronomy and mathematical abilities. Although it is the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gad N
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Built in 1420 by Tamerlaine's grandson, this is a fascinating piece of history to find astronomy six hundered years old. What a man.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Davancar
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Long before the more famous European astronomers were cataloging the stars and other celestial phenomenon, Mirza Ulugh Beg compiled very precise and complete chart of over 1000 stars visible to the naked eye. The museum on the site of his observatory is quick and easy...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

Small adjoining museum explains things nicely although could be more interactive and go further explaining the basics. e.g. how sextants, armillary spheres and quadrants work. The scale and insight of Ulugbeks construction is breathtaking - pity it was destroyed by Allahs disciples ...

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

this history about the place is just amazing. Don't bpther to pay the camera fee as it isn't worth it as the only original part is some of the observatory rook work.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Peter R
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Ulugh Beg's work is not well-known in the UK, but he was a fascinating man, writing to and working with astronomers from Europe to Korea. I am really glad I visited, It's a shame that it charges to take photos as well as an entrance...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tresco21
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This is the site of one of the earliest astronomical observatories. Archeologists have uncovered on of the huge instruments used. The small museum is rather short on science.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Found this a bit of a waste of time. There was really only one preserved bit of the old apparatus (see picture), the rest os a room of photographs, so, for most people it's not particularly enthralling! ...and it's certainly not worth paying the fee...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ann M
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Response from roligc | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours are 9 AM to 7 PM all days of the week. As far as I remember, the entrance fee for the observatory and attached museum was Uzbek Som 15000 per person, which is about 2 US Dollars..