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“Uzbek scientific heritage” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ulugh Beg Observatory

Ulugh Beg Observatory
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Ranked #8 of 16 Attractions in Samarkand
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
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Owner description: A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.
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“Uzbek scientific heritage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The grandson of Amir Taimur was not just a ruler but also a scientist and an astronomer. He built this observatory on top of a hill. It was reputed to be one of the finest observatories of the Muslim world. Ulugh Beg built the Ulugh Beg medressah in 1420 where 70-80 of his students worked. Then in 1424 he built this observatory to facilitate his team. In this he along with his team of scientists determined the places of the fixed stars in longitude and latitude. This helped in prediction of eclipses and in calculating the sunrise timings. These scientists also calculated the length of the stellar year at 365 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes and 8 seconds, only about 1 minute longer than the modern electronic calculations. The observatory was sadly destroyed by the religious fanatics in 1449 and buried underground until it was rediscovered in 1908. There is also a lovely little museum,on top of the hill, dedicated to the life and works of this great man.

Visited August 2012
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“fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Worth a visit if you are in the city, but not all that spectacular if you have visited the observatory in Jaipur for example. Still, pleased I went

Visited November 2012
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“Spend time in the museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The small museum is excellent. Spend time here looking at the displays and it will help you understand the site better.

Visited May 2013
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“Worth getting out to!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I was really glad we went out here - the observatory museum is well worth a visit. We walked from the town centre, but you could easily get a taxi. A guide (optional) costs about 2 dollars and we had an excellent tour of the museum and the remains of the observatory, with lots of detail and background we would have missed on our own. And it makes a refreshing change if you're all medrassa'd out!

Visited May 2013
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“The science from the past”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Fascinating story of the golden age of the Arab 'renaissance', visit the Astrolabe which is unbelievable, and reflect on how it must have been all those years ago.

Visited May 2013
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