Short information about Samarkand:
Samarkand is one of the most beautiful and mysterious cities in Uzbekistan. It occupies the second largest place in the country. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, the central point of the Great Silk Road between China and Europe.
Being the same age as ancient Athens and Rome, Samarkand has a thousand-year history. In ancient times it was known as Marakanda and served as the capital of the ancient state of Sogdiana. About Marakanda was first mentioned in the 6th century BC. in the «Avesta», the sacred book of Zoroastrianism.
The greatest flourishing of the city was during the reign of Amir Tamerlane. Making him the capital of his empire, Tamerlane spared no resources for the construction of architectural structures. It was during the Tamerlane era, when the greatest number of monuments were erected.
Amir Tamerlane dreamed of turning the city into a world capital. Therefore, the forces of all the most talented masters in the field of crafts, science, culture and art have concentrated here. Most of the great minds were forcibly brought to the capital from countries that submitted to the great Tamerlane.
The eastern color and the characteristic style of architectural monuments speak of the work done by the real masters of their craft. Even after many centuries, they did not lose their beauty and majesty. Thanks to this, residents and visitors to this day enjoy the uniqueness of architectural architecture.
The main sights of Samarkand:
Undoubtedly, the main attraction is Registan. This medieval square is home to the Tilla-Kori madrasah, Ulugbek madrasah and Sherdor madrasah. Also you can find here Shakhi-Zinda Ensemble, Tamerlane Gur-Emir's tomb, Ulugbek Observatory, Imam Al-Bukhari Complex, and the Mausoleum of the Prophet Daniel. The city is included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, as a crossroads city of cultures.
Every year thousands of foreign visitors and tourists come to the capital of the mighty Tamerlane to admire its unique beauty, to come in contact with ancient history and appreciate the cultural heritage of our ancestors.
• REGISTAN. It’s the main square of Samarkand, famous for its architectural ensemble. It includes madrassas of Ulugbek, Sherdor Madrassah and Tilla-Kori madrasah. This is the truly amazing place with long history. Spirit of ancient times didn’t vaporize from here – and you can literally feel it in the air.
• ENSEMBLE OF SHAHI - ZINDA. Architectural complex of mausoleums of the Samarkand nobility. On the territory of the complex there were preserved graves, which testify to more than 25 centuries of the city's history. But the most famous buildings are the mausoleums of the sister and niece of Tamerlane - Shirin-bika-aka and Shadi-Mulk-aka, as well as the complex of Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and one of the first preachers of Islam in Central Asia.
• GUR-EMIR TOMB. The family burial vault of Amir Tamerlane and his descendants is an example of classical Central Asian architecture of the 15th century. A mysterious and mystical place, which, according to legends, hides in its walls not only remains of the famous conqueror, but also the supernatural forces. Many people know the giving: "Who will open the grave of Tamerlane - will release the spirit of war", because the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 began on the second day after the opening of his tomb. No one can give an answer if an ancient prophecy has really come true, or it is just a coincidence. But thousands of tourists visit this place every year, paying tribute to the great ruler, his children and grandchildren, including the illustrious Ulugbek – they all buried here, under the stars of Samarkand.
• ULUGBEK'S OBSERVATORY. Tamerlane's grandson - Ulugbek - besides being the leader of the empire inherited from his grandfather, he became famous as a scientist and patron of science. He conquered the world with his discoveries in the field of astronomy, for which in the 15th century he built the most advanced observatory at the time. Now, despite the difficult history, this unique structure with a grandiose goniometer with a diameter of 40.2 m, is accessible for tourists.
• IMAMA AL BUKHARI COMPLEX. One of the most revered shrines of Islam in Central Asia. It impresses with its scope and beauty memorial complex, which includes a mausoleum, a mosque, a madrasah and a library. This architectural ensemble is dedicated to Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari, whose religious work became one of the main Sunni collections of hadith.
• MAUSOLEUM OF THE PROPHET DANIIL (HODGE DINAIR). Place of pilgrimage of representatives of different religions. Located on the outskirts of ancient Afrosiab, the mausoleum of the prophet Daniel is permeated with legends and secrets. According to one of them the grave of the saint is constantly growing, because of which the mausoleum is periodically rebuilt and lengthened. At the moment the burial length is 18 meters. Near the mausoleum there is a curative spring and an old pistachio tree that has been dried for many years, but has blossomed, after a visit to this holy place by Patriarch Alexy II.
The family enterprise “Asia Voyages”, was established in October, 2015 to provide high quality tourism services in the region (Uzbektourism licence №0357-01, Certification №002419).