Friday, 30 June 2017

My 19 Day Iranian Azerbaijan circuit - From the Caspian rives to Tabriz and Takht-e Soleiman - Day 15 (morning) - Marâgheh - The Nasir Al-Din Tusi astronomic observatory - The 23rd of May 2017

We headed towards the astronomic observatory built in 1259 by the astronomy-addicted Hulagu Khan at the behest of his Minister Nasir Al-Din Tusi, who was an astronomer himself, as well as a mathematician and a poet. Very little is to be seen of what once was the famous construction and one of the most prestigious during the Medieval times, which is siad to have housed 10 astronomers and a librarian, who was then in charge of a library allegelly containing over 40,000 books. Despite its look of a certain neglect it was somehow still impressive in its own way, taking into account the number of years it has been standing.

Mr. Rovillé.


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