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Ulugh Beg Observatory

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
+998 66 235 03 45
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A small museum of astronomy stands on the remains of the observatory of Ulugh-Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“small museum” (16 reviews)
“worth a visit” (10 reviews)
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
+998 66 235 03 45
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have expected a bit more before travelling to the Ulugh Beg. The small Museum is interesting, but it's not a must. The whole complex is quite small, you won't need much time to see the sights. However, it's interesting how modern the scientists have...More

Thank Regula H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is little remaining of the old Observatory but ut is wothy to see and to imagine how was the ancient building. The museum helps you to get an idea.

Thank Mario A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating the discovering made by Ulugh Beg. Very interesting sight to visit. Such a shame though more of the observatory isnt still standing

Thank TheTravelPirate
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The history might be amazing, but there’s not much to see here. I came here on a day tour of the Afrosiab neighborhood. I think I was fighting to stretch out the visit to 30 minutes. Most of the observatory is destroyed.

Thank wvzjxq
Reviewed October 31, 2017

Interesting museum dedicated to a very a man who was a visionary. Well laid out exhibits . A guide is useful

Thank Paul B
Reviewed October 24, 2017

An observatory from ancient times that shows us how in old times they used to watch the sky and how they could study the stars and planets.

Thank anamaria67
Reviewed October 14, 2017

To tell the truth you will see only a small part of the structure that once was the most advanced observatory not only in the Islamic world. Designed and built by one of the most outstanding scientists and statesmen of his time Mirzo Ulugh Beg...More

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed October 2, 2017

You need a bit of imagination here, but it is proof that astronomy was practised in the 1400s. An amazing discovery. Take time to read about it to in the small museum

Thank global-traveller48
Reviewed September 30, 2017

They refer to the site as a stone-built sextant. Which actually is not true, in fact is a mural octant. But the device was of such ingenuity as I never have seen before. It was decisively built for Sun observations at noon because stars do...More

1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

Olugbek's observatory is indeed a representation of such knowledge ,accuracyand ingenuis of the ruler of those times. Undiscovered and buried for centuries this observatory which was unearthed in the last century stands atop a hill with a vantage point over the city. Some of the...More

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