Samarkand is an amazing city.
Poets and philosophers describe it as the mirror of the world, the garden of the soul, the pearl of the orient. The face of the Earth – perhaps, one cannot put out its beauty and wealth into the words. One can only personally enjoy all its brilliance and magnificence. Samarkand is included into the ‘50 must visit cities’ list.

Amir Temur (Tamerlane)

Went down in history as a great statesman who made  invaluable contribution to world civilization. Samarkand was the capital of the vast empire united the territory of 27 countries of today. Amir Temur decided to outshine all of capitals in the world by the grandeur and beauty of Samarkand.

Amir Temur’s Monument in Samarkand

Imam al-Bukhari Tomb in Samarkand

Muhammad ibn Ismail ibn Ibrahim Al-Bukhari (810-870) is well known in the Muslim world theologist of the 9th century, the compiler of the most authoritative collection of the Hadith (The Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ).

About Samarkand

Samarkand – one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan according to the archaeological research, was founded in the VIII century BC. Samarkand was firstly mentioned by Alexander the Great, as Marakanda, during his campaigns in Central Asia.

For more than two thousand years, the city was main center of trade on the Silk road route between China and Europe, as well as one of the main centers of science of the medieval East.

In the 14-th century Samarkand was the capital of the Empire of Tamerlane and the Timurid dynasty. The most of the architectural masterpieces of the city were built in this period.

Special architectural and cultural importance in the city has Registan square. This place is one of the main attractions of the country, thanks to the historical architectural ensemble of the three madrassahs, each of which has its own unique design. The square has existed for over 600 years, some of its buildings have been preserved in their original form since the 15-th century.

In the Samarkand region, much attention is paid to the development of certain types of tourist’s attractions, such as cultural and historical, eco and agro, gastronomic, extreme and other. In particular, ziyorat (religious) tourism occupies a special place. Such pilgrimage sites of Samarkand as Imam al-Bukhari and Shakhi Zinda memorial complexes are considered to be the most visited places.

Popular places

Sightseeing in Samarkand: popular landmarks, historical monuments, recreation and art