Attractions of Samarkand

Koni Ghil Silk Paper Workshop
History of silk hand-made paper in Samarkand started right after the battle of Talas in 751 AD. Its production was initiated by Chinese captives brought to Samarkand by Arabs.
Afrosiab Settlement
One of the oldest settlements of the urban system in Central Asia is located not far from Samarkand. It would be more accurate to say that the remnants and fragments of this settlement circumambulate the present semi-circle of Samarkand, forming a semblance of a crescent around the modern city.
Imam Al-Bukhari Complex
In 12 km from Samarkand there is Imam Al-Bukhari Complex. Imam Al-Bukhari Complex was born in Bukhara in the 9-th century, and was buried near Samarkand. He collected and saved legends, some of which were brought in "The Sharia". In total Imam Al-Bukhari streamlined about 7275 hadises.
Ensemble of Hoji Akhror
Hoji Akhror was a head of Sufism order of Naqshbandi. Many governors of that time considered him as a spiritual teacher. Thanks to his efforts, cruel taxes were cancelled in Movoraunnahr.
Mausoleums of Khoja Abdi Darunee and Khoja Abdi Berun
On the suburb of Samarkand there is an ancient cemetery and Khoja Abdi Darunee ensemble, «darunee» designates "internal" and says that his grave is placed in a city wall of Samarkand.
Ishratkhona
Ishratkhona means «The amusement house». This architectural monument which is in Samarkand was erected during governing of the Timurids Abu-Seid (1451-1469 years). Such name to a building was given for a picturesque architectural registration and art furnish which decorated a building from within.

Samarkand is one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan and it is called the "Pearl of the Orient" by right. This small and neat town became the center of culture development in the republic. Many architectural monuments of Samarkand are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The symbol of the city is undoubtedly the Registan Square. Three famous madrasahs - Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kori are majestically standing in the town and represent architectural development of XV-XVII centuries. Also, a monumental building of the Bibi-Khanum, built by the orders of Amir Timur in honor of his beloved wife, enveloped by many legends, evokes additional interest among tourists.

Not far from the mosque, there is Shahi Zinda construction, which almost adjoins with the residential area. This monument of medieval architecture is a must to visit, as there is no such a sightseeing guideline in the world that could deliver the whole atmosphere and the power of that place.

It is worth to mention the tomb of Timurid Gur-Emir. The world-famous commander Amir Timur lies there. In accordance to the legend, it was the opening of his tombstone that led to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.

In Samarkand Travel Guide it is also included the visit to places of religious power and clergy. Ecclesiastic all over the world who arrive in Samarkand firstly try to visit the mausoleum of the prophet Daniel that is surrounded by legends. The relics of St. Daniel were brought to Samarkand by Amir Timur after his campaign in the lands of Iran. According to legend, the prophet continues to grow inside the sarcophagus, and the sarcophagus grows with him, and this explains the unusual length of the tomb.

We can talk about the sights of Samarkand endlessly, but it is much better to visit this fascinating and mysterious city.

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