Maragheh Observatory, Maragheh

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Maragheh observatory (Persian: رصدخانه مراغه‎) was an astronomical observatory established in 1259 CE under the patronage of the Ilkhanid Hulagu and the directorship of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, a Persian scientist and astronomer. Located in the heights west of Maragheh, which is today situated in the East Azerbaijan Province of Iran, it was once considered "the most advanced scientific institution in the Eurasian world".
It was financed by waqf revenues, which allowed it to continue to operate even after the death of its founder, and was active for more than 50 years. It served as a model for later observatories including the 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand, the 16th-century Taqi al-Din observatory in Constantinople, and the 18th-century Jai Singh observatory in Jaipur.
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  • A very clean and well maintained site with a map, but no guide. Inform yourself ahead of time. It would be helpful to go to Ulegh Beg’s observatory in Samarkand to get a sense from the interpretive...  more »
  • We took a long way to get there and see an ancient place which one time in far past was a great spot in the science, but unfortunately we were alone! No one was there, no guide, or even a guard!  more »
  • A real meaning of a historical site..
  • It was so much exciting to hear your whisper aloud in the reconstructed place originally designed by great Khaje Nasir. It really worth visiting at least once.

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