Ulugbek’s Observatory

Ulugbek’s Observatory information

Location
Samarkand (Samarqand) , Uzbekistan
Address
Toshkent yo'li
Prices
admission 9000S
Opening hours
8am-7pm Apr-Oct, 9am-5pm Nov-Mar
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The remains of Ulugbek’s Observatory is one of the great archaeological finds of the 20th century. Ulugbek was probably more famous as an astronomer than as a ruler. His 30m astrolab, designed to observe star positions, was part of a three-storey observatory he built in the 1420s. All that remains now is the instrument’s curved track, unearthed in 1908. The small on-site museum has some miniatures depicting Ulugbek and a few old ceramics and other artefacts unearthed in Afrosiab.