Samarkand is one of the oldest city-pearls of Uzbekistan, incorporating a huge number of ancient architecture and structures, shrouded with interesting stories and legends.
One-day tour around Samarkand includes a visit to the world famous ‘Registan’ Square. In this square, you can visit three famous madrasahs: the Madrassah of ‘Ulugbek’, which was once considered as the first center of enlightenment and a symbol of the progress of this region, the ‘Sherdor’ Madrassah is 17th-century memorial and religious building, also intended for educational purposes, as well as the ‘Tilla-Kari’ Madrassah that forms an integral architectural ensemble along with others. The entire architectural ensemble is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visiting these buildings is going with interesting historical facts and legends.
Another magnificent building that is visited during the tour is the ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque, which was once considered as being the most magnificent building during the reign of Commander Amir Timur. Moreover, the legend says that Timur dedicated this structure to his beloved wife after going to India.
In addition, you will have an opportunity to visit the tomb of ‘Guri-Emir’ in Samarkand, where the remains of Amir Timur, his two sons and grandsons, among them the great scientist of that time Mirzo Ulugbek are kept.
Furthermore, during a one-day tour to Samarkand, you can visit the mausoleum of St. Daniel, which is considered as a place of pilgrimage, the observatory of Ulugbek and the factory "Meros", where Samarkand paper with unique durability is produced.
One-day tour to Samarkand will be really full, and leave impressions for life.
Registan Square is surrounded with beautiful buildings from three sides: ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah, ‘Sher-dor’ madrasah and ‘Till-Kari’ madrassah. All these three madrasahs are directed with the portals to the middle of the square and form united ensemble composition. Each building is distinguished by its unusual decor - a pattern of stone on the walls and portals. The blue domes above the madrasah are made with burnt bricks, and glazed tiles adorn them from the outside, it shines brightly in the sun.
The ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque. A beautiful legend is connected with the ‘Bibi-Khanum’ mosque. According to which the formidable governor built a mosque for his beloved wife Bibi-Khanum. After a successful trip to India, Timur decided to build the largest building in the East. Shining walls, significant minarets, extensive portal of the mosque, carved with marble, glorified the name of Timur and his beloved wife.
Ensemble of ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’. The ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’ ensemble consists of eleven mausoleums, which were joined to each other in sequence during the XIV-XV centuries. This unique and mysterious ensemble is located near the ancient settlement ‘Afrasiab’. The ensemble is also called ‘Cemetery Street’. The blue domes of the mausoleums, rushing the chain into the far, look like a graceful necklace from a bird's eye view.
Ulugbek Observatory. The ‘Ulugbek’ Observatory is a vivid confirmation of the significant development of architecture, science and culture in Central Asia in the XIV-XV centuries. The visit of the ‘Koni Gil’ village, a workshop for the production of silk paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Master Class.