7 Sights in Samarqand, Uzbekistan (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Samarqand, Uzbekistan. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 7 sights are available in Samarqand, Uzbekistan.

Sightseeing Tours in Samarqand

1. Samarkand

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Samarkand or Samarqand is a city in southeastern Uzbekistan and among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. There is evidence of human activity in the area of the city from the late Paleolithic Era. Though there is no direct evidence of when Samarkand was founded, several theories propose that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China, Persia and Europe, at times Samarkand was one of the largest cities of Central Asia. Most of the inhabitants of the city are native speakers of the Tajik dialect of the Persian language. Samarkand is one of the historical centers of the Tajik people in Central Asia, and in the past was an important city of the great empires of Greater Iran.

Wikipedia: Samarkand (EN)

2. Ulughbek Observatory

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Ulughbek Observatory Michel Benoist / CC BY 2.5

The Ulugh Beg Observatory is an observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, built in the 1420s by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg. Islamic astronomers who worked at the observatory include Al-Kashi, Ali Qushji, and Ulugh Beg himself. The observatory was destroyed in 1449 and rediscovered in 1908.

Wikipedia: Ulugh Beg Observatory (EN)

3. Bibi Khanym

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The Bibi-Khanum Mosque is an architectural monument of 1399-1404 in Samarkand, the grandiose cathedral mosque of Tamerlane, richly decorated with tiles, carved marble and paintings. It was restored from ruins at the end of the XX century. The monument is located on Islam Karimov Street.

Wikipedia: Биби Ханум (RU)

4. Chorsu

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Chorsu, also called charsu, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, is a domed, hexagonal shape building with central big dome and six small domes around central dome. Chorsu located at southeast of the Registan at the intersection of the roads connecting Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, and Shahrisabz. Chorsu is a word of Persian origin meaning "crossroads," referring to this intersection. The building is old, It has a rather rich centuries-old history. At the moment, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with the rest of the historical part of the city.

Wikipedia: Chorsu (Samarkand) (EN)

5. Shakhi Zinda entrance

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Shakhi Zinda entranceDavid Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada / CC BY 2.0

Shakhi-Zinda is a monument of medieval architecture in Samarkand (Uzbekistan), an ensemble of mausoleums of the Karakhanid and Timurid nobility. The extant complex consists of eleven mausoleums, successively attached to each other during the XIV-XV centuries. Nevertheless, during excavations on the eastern slope of the Afrasiab settlement, the remains of mausoleums of the XI-XII centuries were discovered. In 2001, the ensemble of Shakhi-Zinda mausoleums, together with other ancient buildings of Samarkand, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Wikipedia: Шахи Зинда (RU)

6. Afrasiyab

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Afrasiyab ,(Persian: افراسياب afrāsiyāb) is an ancient site of Northern Samarkand, present day Uzbekistan, that was occupied from c. 500 BC to 1220 AD prior to the Mongol invasion in the 13th century. The oldest layers date from the middle of the first millennium BC. Today, it is a hilly grass mound located near the Bibi Khanaum Mosque. Excavations uncovered the now famous Afrasiab frescoes exposed in the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand, located next to the archaeological site.

Wikipedia: Afrasiyab (Samarkand) (EN)

7. Ishratkhana Mausoleum

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Ishratkhana Mausoleum

Ishratkhona is an architectural monument in Samarkand, built during the reign of the Timurid Abu Seyid. The building, apparently, was the burial place of representatives of the Timurid dynasty, as several female burials were discovered during excavations in 1940. Currently, the building is in ruins, and the dome and the high drum were destroyed relatively recently - during the earthquake of 1903.

Wikipedia: Ишратхона (RU)


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