Shakhrisabz is one of the most ancient and picturesque cities of Uzbekistan. Its historical centre is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The great commander Amir Temur was born in this city.
The city with its green trees and flowers rightfully got its name “Green City”.
What to see in Shakhrisabz?
Arriving to Shakhrisabz, you should definitely see the ruins of the ancient Ak-Saray Palace, the Kok-Gumbaz mosque, the Dor-ut Tilovat memorial complex, and the mausoleums of Dor-us Saodat, Shamsad-Din Kulala, Gumbazi-Seyidan.
The main highway – the large Uzbek highway, repeating the route of the great Italian traveler Marco Polo, passes through Shakhrisabz.
The climate in Shakhrisabs is almost the same as in Samarkand. It also has a pronounced seasonality. Winter is mild and not cold, but it is better to have a woolen sweater in your luggage, because it is cool at night. Summer is usually very hot. Sometimes the daytime temperature lasts until midnight.
Walking in the centre of Shakhrisabz, you can see many souvenir shops located in the old madrassas or just along the road. Masters are ready to offer a huge variety of crafts, such as clay figures of good-natured grandfathers with watermelons, carved caskets and many fabrics. The magnets depicting the city, which can be found everywhere, dominate most of this. In addition to the usual clay and ceramics products, there are works made of wood, paper, leather and even marble.
Having visited Shakhrisabz, do not forget to taste the local cuisine! The tandoor-kebab takes the second place in the list of the most delicious dishes after pilaf. Historically, the best tandoor-kebab is cooked in the Kashkadarya region! This dish came to us from the ancient times, when most of the inhabitants of Central Asia were nomads. Because people were constantly on the road, the cooks had to invent the new, faster and more convenient ways of cooking. Then a special method was invented for the preparation of tandoor-kebab. First, a hole is dug in the ground with a depth of not more than 1 meter and the same diameter. Then the firewood is put there. While the wood burns to the coals, the cook cuts the lamb into large pieces and flavour them with salt and special spices. Further, the meat pieces are sticked on skewers and are lowered into the hot pit. A plate made of felt is placed on top of the pit and sprinkled with a thick layer of ground. The main feature of this cooking method is the juniper branches, which are placed in the hearth for aroma and added as spices. You will not confuse this delicious taste with anything! Having tasted it once, you will never forget it! Follow the link to read more about Uzbek cuisine.
An integral part of every trip is photography! In this section, we introduce you the most beautiful places in this city, where you can make the best shots.
P.S. Do not forget that during the visit the religious sights of Uzbekistan, women are advisable to cover the exposed parts of the body (shoulders, back and legs). Such attractions will be marked with ☪✝✡☦
🌳 The endless nature of the Shakhrisabz region will not leave you cold! Be sure to make some photos shoot!
A park on the site of Ak-Saray Palace can be a great place for a walk, since there are many green and beautiful places where you can sit, relax and, of course, take some pictures!
☪️This is the Kunduzak mosque. It was built in the 19th century and is located not far from the Darut-Tilavat Madrasah. After a recent reconstruction, it looks like new and attracts lovers of beautiful photographs.
The city is 80 km from Samarkand. Shakhrisabz is translated as “Green City” and is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan.
Shakhrisabz is known throughout the world as the birthplace of the great commander Amir Temur (Tamerlane). Under his leadership, the city became a real centre of science and art.
You can find many architectural attractions in the city. The historical centre of the city is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Government of Uzbekistan is actively introducing the concept of “Shakhrisabz – the city of festivals”, which reveals the huge potential of the city as a centre of culture and tourism. So, on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in September 2018, the International Folk Art Festival was held in Shakhrisabz for the first time. The festival is going to be held in the city every two years.