Sightseeing in Samarkand

Samarkand sightseeing: great history hiding in every corner

You can wander around the streets of Samarkand all day without having a break to rest or have a meal; still you won’t be able to see all of the interesting historical places of this mysterious city. Even those who live in other cities of Uzbekistan while visiting Samarkand prefer to stay there for two or three days to visit more places and to get more expressions. Samarkand is the city that has that special spirit of the ancient place, attracting so many tourists from all over the world. Sightseeing in Samarkand includes different museums, galleries, mosques and minarets, oriental factories of silk and paper producing, restaurants and cafes of national cuisine. You will soak the atmosphere of the old East and fall in love with it. The Peopletravel Company will help you to make your trip to Uzbekistan unforgettable.

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Chor-Chinor garden near Samarkand

One of the most amazing and miraculous places in Uzbekistan is located forty kilometers from Samarkand, in the old kishlak Urgut. This is the memorial complex Chor Chinor, four planes, or plane grove of Urgut.

Amankutan in Samarkand

Forty kilometers south of Samarkand is the Amankutan tract. From time immemorial this beautiful terrain of valleys and high mountains has been attracting naturalists, nature lovers and travelers from all over the world. Through the tract the path trodden by centuries lies. It connects Samarkand and Kesh, as well as in the past it connected historical Bactria and Sogd. It was the shortest path at all times. Caravans went along this path.

Mausoleum of Kusam ibn Abbas in Samarkand

On the northern outskirts of Samarkand, among the vast ancient cemetery of Shakhi Zinda, there are groups of mausoleums, among which the grave of Kusam ibn Abbas (1334), the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, is the most famous. Kusam ibn Abbas was one of the first preachers of Islam in Central Asia.

State Museum of the History of Culture in Samarkand

Just think about how many decades this State Museum of Culture History of Uzbekistan exists! During this time, its funds replenished with tens of thousands of unique exhibits that bear a huge and particular historical value. The museum has a clear structure. It has five thematic departments: the history department, the art department, the department of permanent and traveling exhibitions and the department of archeology, ethnography, fine arts, numismatics and marketing.

Samarkand railway station

The railway communication in Uzbekistan is quite developed; and Samarkand train station is one of the most significant and largest passenger-freight stations. This train station is situated in the north-west of the city. Today the Samarkand railway station is equipped with high-quality equipment, offering an appropriate level of comfort, as well as complete safety of passengers.

Art Gallery "Chorsu" in Samarkand

Close to the Registan Square, behind the Sherdor Madrassah, there is a small hexagonal building with a long history. Built in the fifteenth century, the Art Gallery "Chorsu" served as an emporium, in which a variety of headwear was sold. Being at the confluence of 4 roads, it got the name "Chorsu". From Persian "Chor" means “four”; and "su" - the “flow”, or “path”. In the Art Gallery "Chorsu" you can acquaint with the works of sculptors and architects of the past.

Samarkand winery

Warm and sunny climate of Uzbekistan is a fertile place for growing grapes. Cordial Samarkand is famous not only for its ancient monuments of antiquity, but also for its vineyards. This furthered the opening of the first winery in Uzbekistan. So Samarkand winery was built.

International Museum of Peace and Solidarity

Perhaps, one of the most unusual museums in Samarkand is International Museum of Peace and Solidarity. And we can be proud of such extraordinary museum in our country and invite you to make a trip to Uzbekistan.

Khodja Akhrar Ensemble

In Samarkand there are many places dedicated to prophets and sheikhs. Let’s start our trip to Uzbekistan with the ensemble regarding to the great sheikh – Khodja Akhrar. On the south-western outskirts of Samarkand near the old cemetery Djakerdiza there is the architectural Ensemble Khodja Akhrar.

Memorial Museum of Mirzo Ulugbek

The grandson of great Amir Timur Ulugbek left the outstanding impression in the history of whole Central Asia and Uzbekistan in particular. Mirzo Ulugbek was the prominent mathematics, astronomer and spiritual enlightener of his time. Ulugbek was also interested in history and poetry. Mirzo Ulugbek in 1428 established the famous scientific structure – the observatory of Mirzo Ulugbek in Samarkand.

Mausoleum of Ishratkhan

Amir Timur, fully resolved to create the majestic city, ascended the throne. Having gathered skillful masters, he began a great constructive work, in the course of which the whole list of monuments arose. And even today we can admire their grandeur and uniqueness.

Mosque Hazrat Hyzr

Not far from Afrasiab settlement on the upland of Samarkand city the Mosque Hazrat Hyzr looks grand and bewitching. The mosque is situated near the memorial complex Shakhi Zinda and the local bazaar “Siab”.

Mausoleum of Imam al-Bukhari

The memorial Complex of Imama al-Bukhari is situated in 12 kilometers from Samarkand, in Khortang village. The landfill of the prophet is considered a sacred place. And visiting the tomb of Imam al-Bukhari has the same status as Umrah (small pilgrimage to Mecca - hajj

Afrasiab Museum

Today there is much information about Samarkand, its origin as a city, its sights. A lot is known about the history of Samarkand, its rulers and its cultural heritage.

Cave of Hazrat Daud

The cave of Hazrat Daud is a holly place and pilgrimage site not only in Samarkand but in whole Uzbekistan. Hazrat Daud cave is located on the territory of Aksay village, in Mirankul mountains, to the South-West from Samarkand.

Mausoleum of Imam al-Maturidi

Samarkand as a touristic center is interesting and famous not only for architectural structures and masterpieces as a result; but it also attracts millions of people by world known medieval scientists, sages and philosophers.

The Roman Catholic Church in Samarkand

The Roman Catholic Church in Samarkand was built in 1915 in the period, when there lived a large number of Germans, Poles, Hungarians and Austrians. They turned to the city administration with a request to build a Catholic parish in the city.

Intangible heritage of Samarkand

Familiarity with the ancient Samarkand gives unique impression, incorporating the entire history of the eastern civilization. Modern Samarkand organically combines history and modernity. The desire of preserving tradition is deeply connected with the mentality of the people.

Hudzhum carpet factory of Samarkand

Tourists coming to Uzbekistan want to take with them not only a lot of pleasant experiences, but gifts and souvenirs for their homes. That is why each tour is designed so that travelers have time to walk to the souvenir shops. So in Samarkand there is one attraction that is worth visiting. It is factory "Hudzhum", which produces carpets that offers not only to buy their products, but also to become the witness of carpet weaving process.

Khoja Abdi Darun Aini ensemble

In Samarkand, in the south eastern part is an ancient cemetery there is the Khoja Abdi Darun Aini ensemble. "Darun" has a meaning as "internal", located within the city walls. This comlex refers to X century.

Siab bazaar

If Registan Square is a heart of Samarkand, where tourists usually begin a journey through the city, the market is considered a barometer of life of the citizens. There is no historic evidence when it was created, but many people say that it exists here from the foundation of the city.

Ulugbek madrasah

This madrasah is located in the main square of Samarkand – Registan. It was constructed in 1417 during the reign of Ulugbek. Great scientist, astronomer and mathematician, Ulugbek, being a grandson of Tamerlane, ruled the country for forty years, and during that time the Samarkand city has gained fame as a Science Center of Middle Ages.

Ancient hand-made paper mill of Samarkand

Near Samarkand is located paper mill, where craftsmen make famous Samarkand paper on ancient technologies. It was constructed in 751 century, when the Chinese conquered Samarkand.

Gur-Emir Mausoleum

Central Asia is a storehouse for lovers of old oriental architecture. The gem of Samarkand is considered to be Gur-Emir Mausoleum, erected by order of Amir Temur in 1404. The construction was associated with a sad event: the death of the favorite grandson.

Bibi Khanum Madrasah

Bibi Khanum Madrasah was built in honor of the mother of Tamerlan’s wife (Saray Mulk Khanum). The ruins of the octagonal cross-shaped outside and inside the mausoleum are an integral part.

Rukhabad Mausoleum

Amazing architectural monuments of Samarkand bewitches by the high quality works of architects, ceramists, as well as beauty and harmony of their skills. Here is one of the oldest buildings of the history of this city that attracts the attention of all guests and tourists. It is Rukhabad Mausoleum, which was built on the order of Tamerlane in the 12th century.

The prophet Daniar mausoleum

In Samarkand is located a unique sightseeing that attracts pilgrims of three world religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - the prophet Daniar mausoleum of ancient city that became a symbol of unity and monotheism.

Tilla Kori madrasah

Near Sher Dor was built Tilla Kori madrasah (1646 - 1660 gg. ) on the north side of the Registan Square. Tilla Kori Construction began ten years after Sher-Dor, but Yalangtush, the ruler of Samarkand in that time, died without seeing its completion

Sher Dor Madrassah

Among cities of the world Samarkand is one of the oldest. Its history goes back more than 2500 years. Samarkand became the capital of the largest Central Asian states.

Ulugbek observatory

Ulugbek was fascinated by astronomy and had a profound knowledge in it. According to contemporary astronomy he was like Ptolemy, and geometry - Euclid. Surprisingly, the accuracy of observations of Samarkand astronomers was hundredths of error, despite the lack of precision optical instruments.

Urgut. Amazing beauty of the landscapes

If you like to enjoy the mountain scenery - come to Uzbekistan. At the foot of the mountains Zaravshan there is a historical town Urgutthat attracts a great interest as a major center of traditional crafts. This land with amazing beauty of the landscapes could create peculiar atmosphere that gets inside, takes up residence in the soul and emerges with warm memories.

Afrasiab. The settlement of the ancient orient

Afrasiab admired poets and travelers around the world from antiquity. This town has received numerous lush epithets, but one of them entrenched in the country for a long time - Ornament of the earth. The name of the city was known in many countries of ancient Medieval. In Greece it was known as Marachanda.

The Registan Square: most popular sight of interest in Samarkand

I bet, if you heard something about Samarkand, you also heard about famous Registan Square. This Square has always been aesthetic, historical and cultural center of the city. It is really huge and colossal, especially for us, people of modern world: not even the architects of our time with all of the technologies are able to design and build something nearly so beautiful and charming.

Shakhi Zinda necropolis

Among numerous buildings of Samarkand ensemble Shakhi Zinda attracts special attention, it is located in the ancient town Afrasiab. Shakhi Zinda can be translated from Persian language as " The Living King".

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