Ulugh Beg Observatory, Samarkand

3.5
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 observatory is not a stunning as other 13-15th century buildings in Samarkand but it is a symbol of the commitment of the dynasty to learning and science. The re-discovered sun compass is unique a...  more »
  • Ulug Beg observatory is a nice small museum which gives detailed insight into the scientific work that Ulug Beg had done during his reign. There is a small building with the old objects of locating st...  more »
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