The Afrosiab Museum was built around one of Samarkand’s more important archaeological finds, a chipped 7th-century fresco of the Sogdian...
Samarkand’s most moving and beloved site is this stunning avenue of mausoleums, which contains some of the richest tilework in the...
Across the intersection from the Siob Bazaar, the Hazrat-Hizr Mosque occupies a hill on the fringes of Afrosiab. The 8th-century mosque...
The clean 'red teahouse' within the confines of Samarkand's main market has a pleasant outdoor area and low, low prices. Expect somsa ...
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Ulugbek’s Observatory information
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.