Attractions of Samarkand

Guri-Amir
Monuments of Samarkand are majestic and beautiful. More than 20 of them are admitted as the greatest achievements of human culture. We are pleased to offer you one of them-the gorgeous Guri-Amir mausoleum. This unique monument of architecture has been fascinating people from all over the world for centuries.
Registan Square
The Pearl of Central Asia and one of the most magnificent and beautiful squares of the world - Registan “sandy area” by translation.
Bibi-Khanym
The conspicuous monument of ancient architecture is a great cathedral mosque “Bibi-Khanym (Bibi Khanum)” “the saint mistress” by translation - one of the biggest in the Muslim world. It was erected in 1399-1404.
Shakhi-Zinda
The Shakhi-Zinda ensemble is set out in a unique way. All the structures of 11 mausoleums, that had been built at the period of the 14-th – 15-th centuries, are arranged along a downward path, displaying different facets from different angles. This unique and mysterious ensemble was located nearby Afrosiab.
Ulugbek’s Observatory
The most significant construction in Samarkand is the medieval observatory - “Ulugbek’s Observatory”, which had big sizes and mingled grand marble sextant for measuring the coordinates of the sun, moon and planets.
The mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar (Saint Daniel)
Khodja Daniyar (St. Daniel) tomb is settled in North side of Afrosiab, next to a medical spring which is according to a legend was a missionary of Islam in this part of the world.

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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