Having established that this intricately carved monument, tucked away in the north western part of Kronvalda Park, is of medieval ruler, scientist, mathematician, and astronomer Mīrzā Muhammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrukh (1394-1449), better known as Ulugh Beg, from Central Asia I got to wondering what links he had with Riga to be honoured here.

From what I can tell he had absolutely no connection with Riga and this monument was a 2004 diplomatic gift from the Government of Uzbekistan.

For the record, Ulugh Beg, a Timured ruler, is recognised as a founder of modern astronomy whose main achievements were a star catalogue and astronomical maps which were once widely used by European seafarers.

This worthy gentleman, who has a crater on the moon named after him, was a grandson of Timur, the conqueror of Western, South and Central Asia and destroyer of Golden Horde.

Location: Kronvalda Park

This is one in a group (loop) of reviews exploring beyond the Old City area of Riga. Continue to my next entry. Alternatively to start at the beginning of the loop click here.


One thought on “Ulugh Beg Monument

  1. Right. For a moment we thought wow the Mongols went to Poland but did not have a record of hitting Latvia…And the Timurs, they were more like 16th century folks, so the timing was a little off….good to know this was just a diplomatic gift!

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