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Shakhrizabz is a city in Qashkadarya, Uzbekistan.


Aral Sea

A lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan



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Samarqand Region



Tomb of the conqueror Tamerlane, built and beautifully reconstructed from 1404-1405 and 15-17th centuries. Includes the largest piece of jade (greenstone) in the world.


Ulugh Beg Observatory

Discovered by Russian archaeologists. Ulugbek, Timur's grandson, was an accomplished astronomer, scientist and architect. The monument is situated in the north-east outskirts of city at the foot Chupan-ata mountain, which in medieval times was called Kukhak. That was three floor round building, decorated by glazed tiles, majolica, mosaic, but it was destroyed. The only thing that was preserved is a part of huge sextant, the lowest part of which was in a deep trench (11 km). Both arcs of this instrument are made of marble with indication of degrees. During the excavation works, remains of other astronomic instruments were found. Even being preserved partially, the observatory of Ulugbek is unique not only for Central Asia, but also for the whole world. The remains of observatory were conserved at the beginning of 1960s. Here was also organized museum, where collecting the unique astronomic information and instruments related to Timurids epoch.


Bibi-Khanym Mosque

Named after the wife of Temur, erected after his raid of Delhi. One of best known architectural attractions of Central Asia. The Minaret of the Mosque was supposed to be the tallest.


Navoi Theater

opera house in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Kalta Minor

minaret in Khiva


Amir Timur Museum

Rather kitschy murals depicting Timur.


Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum

Located near the Samani mausoleum. Its name in Persian means Job's spring, due to the legend according to which Job (Ayub) visited here and brought forth a spring of water by striking the ground with his staff. The water of this well is still pure and is considered healing. The current building was constructed during the reign of Timur and features a Khwarazm-style conical dome uncommon in Bukhara.


Kukeldash Madrasah (Tashkent)

This Quran school was built in the 16th century during the reign of Abdulla-Khan by the vizier, scientist and poet, Kulbobo Kukeldash. Kukeldash means "the Khan's foster brother'. Kukeldash Madrassa is one of the largest and best-preserved Quran schools in Central Asia. The madrassa has a traditional composition with a large inner yard with hujras (pupils' cells) and darshakona and mosque in the corners.


Sacred Heart Cathedral, Tashkent

Roman Catholic Church




2005 Andijan unrest


Kalyan minaret

Built by the Karakhanid ruler Arslan Khan in 1127. According to the legend Arslan Khan killed an imam. The imam asked the khan in a dream to lay the imam's head on a spot where nobody can tread on it. Thus the tower was built over the imam's grave. With a height of 47 m it is Bukhara's landmark. In its ornamental bands the glazed blue tiles were used for the first time in Central Asia. It gets its nickname as the "Tower of Death" because they once executed criminals by taking them to the top and pushing them out, leaving them to fall to their death. This practice stopped in the early 1900s.


Lyab-i Hauz

Considered to be the center of the Old City. Plaza Labi-havz is derived from Persian and means “ensemble near the pool”. The main feature is the pool. The building has three monumental structures. Kukeldash madrassah (16th century) was built by Abdullah II was, at the time, the biggest Islamic School in Central Asia. Nadir Devanbegi Madrassah (16th century) was intended to be a caravan saray, but according to the order of the ruler Imam Kulimkhan, was reconstructed into a Madrassah. Nadir Devanbegi Khanaka (winter mosque) was built at the same time as the Labi-havz (16th century).


Baland Mosque

Built in the 16th century in the south of the city. The interior decorations and ceiling are particularly beautiful.


White Mosque

mosque in Uzbekistan


Konya Ark



Registan became the city square when the life in Afrosiab stopped. Since that time Registan was reconstructed several times. Today it is surrounded by the three medreses Ulugbek, Shirdor and Tilla Kari. At night the guards will let you in for $5 or $10. They may suggest you climb up onto the roof of one of the Madrasah, which is not advisable, dangerous, dusty and with limited interest.


Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum


Ark of Bukhara

From the most ancient times the Ark was the fortified residence of the rulers of Bukhara. Everything could be found there - palaces, temples, barracks, offices, the mint, warehouses, workshops, stables, an arsenal, and even a prison. Nowadays there are a few museums inside. It was a fortress even before the Arab conquest, and received its present form under the Shibbhanid dynasty (from 1500).


Ulugh Beg Madrasa, Samarkand

The oldest medrese on Registan, is a large rectangular building with monumental portal and a yard with four-verandahs, surrounded by cells for students and with four classrooms in the corners. In the western part is a winter mosque. The corners of the building are decorated with high minarets. The decorations consists of glazed and unglazed bricks, mosaics, majolica, carving marble. The most beautiful decorations are those of the main portal, where geometric, vegetative and epigraphic decorations were used. Inscriptions mention Ulugbek and several dates relating to the stages of construction. Construction of the medrasah finished in 823 (1420).


Muynak Airport




Dorut Tilavat

Dor-i-Tilavat/Dorut Tilovat/Dor al-Tilavat is a madrasa in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan.


Siyob Bazaar


Mausoleum of Sheikh Zaynudin

This is the mausoleum of the son of the founder of a famous Sufi order. His father sent him to disseminate the ideas of this order. The mausoleum is of the khanaka type. The hall is covered with a double dome. Nearby is a chillyakhona (subterranean monastic cell) dating to the 12th-13th centuries.


Zeravshanskaya Dolina


Abulkasym Madrassah

This madrassa was erected in honour of the great thinker Abdulkhasim Khan at the beginning of the 19th century.


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Someday we will visit Uzbekistan or begin to dream about going there! However, for now its not on our radar. Let us know in the comments if you think that should change!


Uzbekistan has borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. It has the largest population among all the Central Asian countries, and a heritage of the Silk Road.

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