Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. It is famous for three things: museums, excellent cuisine and colorful oriental bazaars. In this article you will find detailed descriptions and photos of the sights of Tashkent, as well as find out some interesting facts about this Central Asian metropolis.
Tashkent: getting to know the city
Tashkent is the most important transport, economic and cultural center of Central Asia. Moreover, it is also the most populated city in the region. Currently, nearly 2.5 million people live in it. Such areas of the economy as engineering, light industry and the chemical industry are developed here. Culture is not far behind - there are 12 theaters and 22 museums in the city.
Tashkent, alas, is not spoiled by the excessive attention of travelers. In many respects, for the reason that in the mid-60s the city was almost completely destroyed by a powerful earthquake. And there is not much left of the rich architectural heritage. Therefore, the center of Tashkent now looks like a typical Soviet metropolis with the corresponding type of buildings.
Nevertheless, the reviews of tourists who have been here are mostly positive. Almost all of them celebrate the hospitality and hospitality of local residents, as well as a pretty good transport infrastructure. Add to this the affordable prices for food and accommodation. By the way, many are advised to go to Tashkent in August-September, when the city markets are full of delicious and cheap fruits.
8 unexpected facts about Tashkent
- Almost half of the city’s area is occupied by green spaces.
- The first mention of a village in this place dates back to the second century BC.
- Tashkent is one of the least polluted capitals in the world.
- The main city festival is the beer hall! It is held annually in early September.
- In the immediate vicinity of Tashkent, tigers were found in the 19th century.
- Tashkent has the largest airport in Central Asia.
- One of the many city markets (Alai Bazaar) dates back to the 12th century.
- Tashkent is the absolute leader in Central Asia in the number and variety of street fountains.
Well, now we will talk about the most interesting sights of Tashkent. What to see in this city? And how can you spend your time in the capital of Uzbekistan as interesting as possible? Read about it later.
The main attractions of Tashkent: names and photos
Despite the fact that most of the old Tashkent is forever lost, there is still something to look at in terms of architecture. For example, one cannot fail to mention the magnificent madrassas, mosques and mausoleums. True, almost all of these buildings were restored again.
Below you will find descriptions of the main attractions of Tashkent, with photos and their exact location on the map of the capital. Among them are museums, architectural monuments and other objects. A list of ten key and most interesting sights of Tashkent may look like this:
- Kukeldash Madrasah.
- Mausoleum of Zangi-Ata.
- Jami Mosque.
- Chor-su Market.
- Church of the Heart of Jesus.
- Tashkent TV tower.
- Museum of the History of the Timurids.
- Polytechnical Museum.
- Tashkent Botanical Garden.
- Hotel "Uzbekistan".
In total, 23 madrassas were built in Tashkent. This building was erected in the middle of the XVI century. As a result of the earthquake of 1966, like many other buildings in the city, the Kukeldash madrasah was destroyed. Restored in the late 60s. The main attraction of Tashkent is built of burnt bricks and differs in the architecture traditional for medieval madrassas. In the center of the building is a large courtyard surrounded by cells and a mosque. The main facade is decorated with a 20-meter portal and two graceful turrets at the corners.
Address: Chupan-ota street, 53 a.
Church of the Heart of Jesus
In any German or British city, the presence of such a building would hardly surprise anyone. But in the capital of Uzbekistan, against the background of domes and minarets, it looks pretty wild. The Neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was built in 1912 according to the project of the Polish architect Ludwig Panchakevich. The majestic and gloomy facade of the church is impressive, generously decorated with stained-glass windows and lancet towers. No less interesting is the multi-level stone fence that borders the temple.
Address: 80 Tarrakiet Street.
Tashkent TV tower
The grand television tower is another iconic landmark in Tashkent. In height (375 meters) it is the second structure in Central Asia and the twelfth television tower in the world. At the time of commissioning, it was one of the ten highest buildings on the planet. The tower was built for six years (from 1978 to 1984). Its main highlight is the presence of an open observation deck with a magnificent view of the city.
Address: Amir Timur Avenue.
In Tashkent, you can visit dozens of interesting museums. But if you came to this city with children, then we strongly recommend that you look into the Polytechnic Museum. It was opened in November 2015. Moreover, which exhibits are presented in it were kept in strict secrecy. In the museum you can familiarize yourself with the history of the world automotive industry (on the ground floor), and on the second floor you can wander in the mirror maze, go into the inverted room or do other no less exciting things.
Address: Amir Timur Avenue, 13.
Well, what is the eastern city without a bazaar? The largest and most famous market in Tashkent is Chor-su. The local atmosphere is difficult to convey in words. This is all you need to see, hear and smell with your own organs of vision, hearing and smell. The traveler will be greeted by mountains of fragrant spices, the collapse of sweet watermelons and the pyramid of local sweets. Bargaining, of course, is not just appropriate, but necessary.
Address: Navoi Street, 48.
Food and Souvenirs
Another attraction of Tashkent is food. Manty, lagman, shurpa, somsa - all these names sound not only beautiful, but also very tasty! Well, the top of the Uzbek national cuisine, of course, is pilaf. In Tashkent, you can taste several types of this wonderful dish at once. In general, this city is cooked not only in cafes and restaurants, but also simply on the street - on the barbecue, seducing tourists with mouth-watering flavors.
What to bring with you from sunny Tashkent as a souvenir? The choice is incredibly wide. It can be traditional Uzbek carpets and skullcaps, handmade musical instruments, jewelry, brass vessels and hookahs, as well as a variety of ceramics. Famous embroidered suzans are another beautiful Tashkent souvenir. In their intricate and colorful patterns, powerful spells are hidden that protect a person from all sorts of troubles and hardships.
1. Tashkent metro
The Tashkent metro began to be built in the 1970s, it became the very first transport system of this type in Central Asia. Today, the metro is not only a convenient and fast means of transportation, but also one of the main city attractions. The decor of the stations are often present national motifs. In Soviet times, the Tashkent metro was considered one of the most picturesque in the entire Union.
2. Independence Square
The square is located in the very center of the city near the place where until the middle of the XIX century the palace of the Kokand khans was located. After the establishment of the Russian protectorate, the residence of the Governor General was built here. In Soviet times, the area was renamed in honor of V.I. Lenin. In 1991, a monument to the leader of the proletariat was dismantled and a monument of Independence was erected in its place.
3. Amir Temur Square
The square was founded in 1882 by order of the Turkestan Governor-General M.G. Chernyaev. In its center is a monument to Amir Temur (Tamerlane) - an outstanding statesman of the XIV century, who created a huge empire. Until 2009, there was a small park around the monument, but after reconstruction it turned into an area with fountains and green lawns. This place has several interesting sights.
4. Hazret Imam Complex
A complex of religious buildings erected in honor of one of the first Islamic preachers in Uzbekistan - Hazrati Imam. It consists of a cathedral mosque, two madrassas, a mausoleum and another mosque Namazgoh. The structures were erected at different times from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The oldest is the Barakhan madrasah built in 1532, the newest is the Muslim temple of 2007, built on the initiative of President I. Karimov.
5. Sheikhantaur complex
The architectural ensemble, which is one of the most important monuments of Uzbekistan. Sheikhantaur is a memorial complex dedicated to Sheikh Howendi Tahur. It consists of the tomb of at-Tahur of the 14th century, another tomb of the 15th century, where the remains of Kildyrgach-biya, and other architectural monuments rest. Previously, there were several mosques, but they were destroyed in the XX century.
7. Minor Mosque
The new Muslim temple in 2013, built on the initiative of President I. Karimov. The building was erected in the traditional architectural style characteristic of Central Asia during the era of the Bukhara Khanate. The mosque has two high minarets and a sky-blue dome. The interior space is decorated in the style of "naksh". The prayer hall is designed for 2400 people, which makes it one of the largest in Uzbekistan.
8. The Khoja Ahrar Vali Mosque
The palace-type Friday mosque, which was founded in the 9th century in honor of the conquest of Tashkent. However, according to historical data, the first temple building was built only in the 15th century. Over the following centuries, the structure suffered from natural disasters and destruction. As a result, after a long period of atheism by 1997, the mosque lay in ruins. In 2003, a new one was erected on the site of a historic building.
9. Assumption Cathedral
The Orthodox Church of the Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1878 at the expense of the Governor General and members of the Christian community of Tashkent. From 1933 to 1945, the church was closed, but then it was again handed over to believers and re-consecrated. The building was renovated in the 1990s. During the work, the surrounding audience was ennobled and the church bell tower was rebuilt.
10. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Catholic Church in the Neo-Gothic style, designed by the Polish master L. Panchakevich. Construction began in 1912, but after the October Revolution, work was stopped. The cathedral was unfinished until the 1970s and 1980s until it was recognized as an architectural monument. In the 1990s, the building was transferred to a Catholic parish and completely renovated.
11. Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan
The history of the museum began in 1927 with the organization of an exhibition of works by Uzbek masters. Gradually, the exhibits became larger and the collection required a separate building. So in 1937 the “Museum of Handicraft Crafts” appeared. His collection consists of carpets, jewelry, textiles, national costumes, ceramics and other examples of folk art, carefully preserved for posterity.
12. Uzbekistan Museum of Art
The collection was founded in 1918. At first it consisted of works of art, furniture, tableware, sculptures and interior items confiscated from local aristocrats after the revolution. In subsequent years, the collection was regularly replenished with funds from other museums. Today, the gallery, among other things, exhibits paintings by Russian and Western European artists of the 16th-19th centuries.
13. Museum of the History of Uzbekistan
The museum is considered one of the oldest and largest in Uzbekistan. Its funds contain more than 250 thousand exhibits. The collection is dedicated to the history of Uzbekistan from the Stone Age to the present. The museum appeared thanks to the initiative of a group of scientists in 1876. At the beginning of the 20th century, he even took part in international exhibitions in Milan and Paris. In 1970, the collection moved to a modern building on Rashidova Ave.
14. Museum of the History of the Timurids
The exposition is dedicated to the period of the reign of Timur and the dynasty founded by him. The museum opened in 1996 thanks to President I. Karimov in honor of the 660th anniversary of the birth of Tamerlane. Its main exhibits are a copy of the Samarkand Kufic Quran (Quran Usman) and a panel with scenes from the life of the famous commander. The museum also exhibits various archaeological finds.
15. Museum of railway equipment
The collection appeared in 1989 after the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Central Asian Railway. The exhibition, created specifically for the anniversary, caused such interest among visitors that it was decided to turn it into a permanent one. So a whole museum appeared. The exposition is in the open. It includes steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, electric locomotives, wagons and repair equipment.
16. The Bolshoi Theater. Alisher Navoi
Musical theater, named after the national poet Alisher Navoi. The scene opened in 1939 with the staging of the Uzbek opera Buran. The building of the theater was erected by the architect A.V. Shchusev. The decoration was attended by folk artists: H. Boltaev, A. Khudaibergenov, U. Muradov and others. The construction is noteworthy in that each foyer has its own design, reflecting the characteristics of different regions of Uzbekistan.
17. Palace of Prince Romanov
The building is located in the center of Tashkent near the Amir Temur Square. It was erected at the end of the 19th century in a popular modern style. The architectural appearance of the palace is knocked out of the familiar city landscape, since the Uzbek capital did not build structures in a similar style. The building was intended for Prince N.K. Romanov, the grandson of Nicholas I. His Grace was serving a link in Tashkent for the theft of family jewelry.
18. The memorial complex “Shahidlar hotirasi”
A museum dedicated to a certain segment of the history of Uzbekistan, when the country was under the protectorate of the Russian Empire, and then part of the Soviet Union. The exposition is divided into several sections that follow each other in chronological order. Much attention is paid to the topic of political and ethnic repressions that took place in the past. The museum was created in 2001.
19. Monument "Courage"
The monument was created in 1970 by the sculptor D. Ryabichev in memory of the 1966 earthquake. This natural disaster left a deep mark in the history of the city, as as a result of strong shocks, almost half of the inhabitants of Tashkent were left homeless, and many office buildings were destroyed. The “Courage” monument represents the calm and resilience with which the inhabitants met this devastating disaster.
21. Tashkent circus
Since the end of the 19th century, traveling circus groups from the Russian Empire and European countries have constantly toured in Tashkent. The first building of the circus tent was destroyed in 1966 by an earthquake. 10 years later, a new scene was erected. Today the Tashkent circus troupe is touring around the world. Moreover, many artists, thanks to their skill, have become winners of international competitions.
22. Bazaar "Chorsu"
The market is considered one of the oldest not only in Uzbekistan, but throughout Central Asia. It is located in the old part of Tashkent under the name Eski Shahar.The bazaar gained popularity even during the descendants of Tamerlane, as it was an intermediate point on the Great Silk Road. All types of goods are sold at Chorsu: products, clothes, products of local artisans, household supplies and other things.
23. Alisher Navoi National Park
The park, named after the national poet Alisher Navoi, opened in 1937 in the area of ul. Almazar. In addition to standard attractions, there is a real railroad track, where teenagers are involved as workers. There are many other attractions in the park: the Abulkasym madrasah, a monument to Alisher Navoi, a concert hall, the parliament building of the Oliy Majlis.
24. Japanese garden
Japanese-style landscape park near the center of Tashkent. It was created in 2001 specifically for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle. Ducks, swans, storks live in local reservoirs, peacocks calmly walk along the alleys. The park is a popular destination for wedding photo shoots. Another advantage of the Japanese Garden is that there are usually few people here, since entrance to the territory is paid.
25. Charvak reservoir
An artificial pond that was created in the 1970s. It is located about 60 km from Tashkent. Around the reservoir there are recreation areas, camps for children, hotels and pensions. Here you can sunbathe, swim, ride a jet ski or boat. The coast offers a magnificent view of the mountain peaks of the Greater and Lesser Chimgan. From Tashkent to the reservoir there is a convenient high-speed highway.
Excursions in Tashkent
As we already wrote above, Tashkent is a rather big city. Therefore, to see all the most interesting, it is better to devote a couple of days to the capital of Uzbekistan.
If time is running out, while you want to take the maximum from the city and not bring your legs into the blood, it is better to sign up for an organized excursion with a local resident.
Excursions in Tashkent offer the most diverse and walking, and car? and gastronomic. The offers can be found below. Most of them in one context or another cover all the significant places of the city.
Honestly, having run into the fence twice due to the construction site and having wound the extra 4 km in search of workarounds, we repeatedly returned to the question of what it took to take an excursion. So Tashkent would be able to see and learn a lot of new and interesting things.
What to see in Tashkent? Our walk route
We flew to Tashkent in the evening. In fact, in the city we had an evening and another full day. It is better to go for a walk right away, in the evening the city is very effectively highlighted.
If you look at the map and decide to walk the entire route along the black line, get ready and correctly assess your strength. It is over 10 km. A reasonable solution would be to shorten the journey by subway.
On a note! Metro in Tashkent is a separate issue. It was built back in Soviet times and some stations, in particular Alisher Navoi, Pakhtakor, Mustakilik Maidoni, were recognized as the most beautiful in the city. The Soviet architecture of the stations with marble and tiles on the walls is complemented by traditional Uzbek motifs. You can’t take pictures inside, this is strictly monitored by law enforcement officers. A policeman with a metal detector can get in touch with you at the entrance. If you go with a backpack, most likely it will have to be removed and enlightened. Round tokens, as in old Moscow, in Tashkent are still in use. One trip will cost 1200 soums, which with our money will not exceed 10 rubles. Therefore, riding the subway is quite profitable. The entrance to the station is indicated by the familiar letter "M", which is not difficult to find.
It is more reasonable to shorten the route in Tashkent as follows.
Start the day from the Chorsu market (the Chorsu metro station of the same name), then walk along the old quarters to the Khast-Imam complex, go down Abdullah Kadiri street to the Shaichentaura memorial complex, and then leave the Alisher Navoi station towards the TV tower. The closest Bodamzar and Shahriston stops are the green line.
After admiring the views of the city from a height, you should undoubtedly return to the center to the Amir Timur Square station of the same green branch and take a walk to Independence Square Mustakilik Maidoni. Thus, your route in Tashkent will be about 8 km.
From Chorsu Market to Sheikhantaura Memorial
So, it is better to start exploring the sights of Tashkent in a traditional oriental bazaar. The best approach for these purposes is Chorsu City Market.
Chorsu is not just a market, it is the soul and true pride of Tashkent. There is an opinion that the malls at this place settled more than 500 years ago. In those immemorial times, he stood right at the crossroads of four shopping streets, for which he received his name “Chor su” - “four roads”.
Trading rows of Chorsu market
As in any eastern market, it is customary to try and bargain here. For foreigners, the price can be raised by 3 times, and 10 times! Even for a commonplace magnet, knock down the price at least three times, well, or bring someone from the local who knows the real value of what you are going to buy.
And if meat, vegetables and all kinds of clothes are unlikely to attract attention, then the so-called "Glutton ranks" a look is undoubtedly worth it. Here, everything squeaks, smokes and soars. Directly in the open air in huge cauldrons they cook pilaf and kebabs, stew honymy, manti and fry samsa. Huge tables are set here, where in a friendly atmosphere next to the Uzbek hard workers you can taste all these dishes. It will come out very cheaply and with real local flavor. We can talk about what you can try on the Chorsu market in a separate post devoted to the cuisine of Uzbekistan.
"Glutton ranks" Chorsu - a place that undoubtedly deserves a visit in Tashkent
Other sights of Tashkent in the vicinity of the market should pay attention to Khoja Ahrar Vali Mosque and Kukeldash Madrasah. In the Middle Ages, they stood on the main city square of Registan.
Khoja Ahrar Vali Mosque is the oldest in the city
Khoja Ahrar Vali Mosque is considered the oldest in the territory of modern Tashkent. The first mention of it dates back to the VIII century. By the XV century, the mosque became a cathedral and received the prefix Juma. Later it was repeatedly rebuilt, modified and changed its name. The mosque built on the hill has been considered the tallest building in the city for centuries, and in size it occupies the third place in all of Uzbekistan.
As for the madrasah, its ensemble appeared on the map of the city in the 16th century thanks to a vizier nicknamed “Kukeldash”, which means “milk brother of the khan”. Madrasah is considered one of the largest in Central Asia and represents the traditional architecture of the East.
Interesting fact! Over the years, the Kukeldash madrasah has grown with a considerable number of legends. So one of them says that from the central portal they once threw unfaithful wives in bags, as a warning to the rest. The second tells of a spreading pistachio tree that for centuries has grown directly through one of the domes. Many Muslims considered this tree sacred.
Entangled neighborhoods stretch north of Chorsu Market old Tashkent. If it weren’t for cars back and forth, it would be safe to say that time stopped here centuries ago. Indeed, a devastating earthquake bypassed the small clay houses. Tourists rarely wander into this colorful district, stretched along Zarkaynar Street, which adds even more color to it.
It is very easy to get lost in the quarters of Old Tashkent
But, be careful! It is quite easy to get lost in the web of streets, and the central Zarkaynar at the time of our visit (March 2019) was blocked by a building fence.
Among the residential buildings of the Old City, the main religious center of Tashkent is located Hazrati Imam (Hast Imam). He is named after the first imam of Tashkent, a famous scientist and artisan who spoke 72 languages, Abu Bakr ibn Ismail al-Kaffal al-Shoshiya, better known as Hazrati Imam. The mausoleum in his honor is located here, in the complex.
In addition to it, the Hazrati Imam houses several mosques and madrassas, as well as the building of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Institute.
In the photo on the right is the Muyi Muborak Madrasah, where the Usman Quran is stored, on the left is the Tilla Sheikh Mosque
However, the main treasure of the Hast Imam complex is considered Quran Usman. It is known for certain that the manuscript of the Holy Book, created back in the middle of the 7th century, is now considered the oldest surviving in the world. This is evidenced by a special certificate of UNESCO. A book is kept in the Muyi Muborak madrasah. You can see her only for a fee. At the entrance you have to take off your shoes, women cover their heads with a scarf.
Interesting fact! Caliph Usman was the son-in-law and one of the closest associates of the Prophet Muhammad. Legend has it that they killed him while reading this particular Quran, which is reminiscent of the blood stains on its pages. For many years, the holy Quran traveled to different cities of the Caliphate. He returned to the territory of modern Uzbekistan only under the Timurids.
The nearest metro station is from the old town of Gafur Gulom. However, if the forces allow, take a walk on the green Abdullah Kodyri Avenue to one more Sheikhantaur religious complex. There is an opinion that it was built in the 16th century at the place of worship of the Zoroastrians. Only three mausoleums have survived to the present day from the once majestic complex.
We did not reach the Sheikhantaur complex. Thank you for the photo user Bobyrr
The first was erected by the great Amir Timur (aka Tamerlan) over the grave of Sheikh Hovendi at-Tahur (Sheikhantaura). This righteous sheikh, who lived at the turn of the XIII-XIV centuries. was a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. Contemporaries called him "the wisest of the wisest." The last years of his life, Hovendi at-Tahur spent at the spring with healing water. According to legend, the same spring, Iskander Zulkarnay (aka Alexander the Great) rested in the shadow of centuries-old saur. Hovendi at-Tahur bequeathed to be buried here, in the shade of sacred trees, which was done after his death.
The second mausoleum was built over the grave of Tole-bi Alibekuly, the great leader of the Kazakh people and part-time ruler of Tashkent.
Interesting fact! Tole-bi is known by the nickname Kaldirgoch-biya, which translates as “swallow master”. One very curious legend is associated with this nickname. Popular rumor says that with the approach of the hordes of the Dzungars, people in fear fled from Tashkent. The houses were empty. There is only one Tole-bi. When the leader of the Dzungars called him to his place and asked why he did not run like the others, Tole-bi replied that he did not want to destroy the swallow’s nest in his yurt. This moved the leader so much that he granted the righteous freedom.
And finally, the third mausoleum of the complex was built over the grave of Yunus-Khan of Mogolistan. He was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, so his mausoleum is distinguished by luxury and rich decoration.
TV tower and surroundings
Abdullah Kodyri Street will lead to Monument to Couragededicated to the Tashkent earthquake of 1966. Of the significant places in Tashkent in the immediate vicinity of the monument can be identified Museum of Olympic Glory and concert hall "Turkiston".
The monument “Courage” could only be seen at night
North and south of Kodyri Street stretches Anchor Canal Embankment. The cozy green zone with numerous cafes and restaurants is invariably popular among Tashkent citizens and visitors. It is pleasant to walk here in any weather.
A walk along the Ankhor canal is popular among residents and guests of Tashkent.
A short northbound walk will lead to mosque minor. A fairly new shrine was erected only in 2013. Outwardly, it is very beautiful, snow-white marble literally shines in the sun. Traditional Uzbek motifs and a huge dome of the color of sky blue complement the grandeur.
Minor Mosque is visible from afar. She just shines white
Interesting fact! Near the mosque there is a cemetery of the same name, with which one very curious story is associated. In the 1870s, a plan for the reconstruction of the center appeared in the city, according to which all cemeteries from city quarters should have been moved outside the city limits. The minor also expected a similar fate, but the inhabitants were against it. To save their ancestors from reburial far from home, they went on a trick. The officer who was responsible for the transfer was driven around the center for several hours. It seemed to him that the distance covered was already quite large, and he ordered the laying of a cemetery here, without even realizing that the old churchyard was located literally on the other side of the river.
From the mosque it makes sense to go to Amir Temur Avenue - the main street of the new city, and past amusement park with luxurious Japanese garden stroll to one of the main attractions of Tashkent - tv tower.
Tashkent TV tower was open for tourists only in 2019
The tower is visible from afar. At night, it is effectively illuminated. Only in January 2019, the Tashkent TV tower was opened for tourists to visit. Before that, it was a sensitive facility, which could only be admired from the ground.
Nowadays, with a total height of 375 meters, this is the highest building in Central Asia with an open observation deck. She is also one of the highest television towers in the world, occupying the honorable 12th line.
From the observation platform you can see literally the whole city and the mountains of the Western Tien Shan approaching from the east. The park, the Minor Mosque, Amir Temur Avenue and many other attractions of the center of Tashkent are clearly visible.
On a note! Inspection in the tower is worse than at the airport. Get ready to give everything: backpacks, bags and even a passport. You can take only a camera and a small man purse, which are sure to be carefully examined. You will be personally enlightened through the frame, probed for prohibited items and only then allowed to the elevator. You cannot carry food and water with you. The ticket is not cheap. For foreigners it will cost 40,000 sum. With our money, about 300 rubles, but for Uzbekistan a huge amount.
Whether this is worth the entertainment of the time and money spent or not, judge by the photos below. The windows are dirty, a lot of glare is caught at sunset, so if you go, it is better to choose another time or a more cloudy day for these purposes.
Almost all of Tashkent is visible from the top of the tower. In the foreground is a memorial complex of victims of political repression, mountains are visible a little in the distance
From the opposite side - amusement park and Minor Mosque
In the vicinity of the TV tower, it makes sense to admire the memorial complexKsom victims of political repression the beginning of the XX century and, with luck, visit the Tashkent Center for pilaf.
Pilaf Center - A cult place in Tashkent. Here, in huge cauldrons, a festive Uzbek pilaf is prepared. The center opens daily from 10:00, however, by two o'clock in the afternoon the last rice is eaten, so if you find yourself at the tower later, there is no point in going here.
The best places in the center of Tashkent
And finally, you should definitely look into the city center. Why did we decide to go to the heart of Tashkent only at night? Everything is simple! The central streets with the onset of darkness are very effectively illuminated.
Nearest metro station to Amir Temur Hieboni center or simply “Amir Timur Square". The square is clean and well maintained. In the center it is decorated monument to the noble commander and conqueror.
Monument to Amir Timur in the park of the same name
The great Amir Timur, better known in the West as Tamerlan, was born on the territory of modern Uzbekistan, in a small village near the city of Shakhrisabz.He became the founder of the Timurid dynasty, who ruled a huge empire with a capital in Samarkand. Today, most cities of Uzbekistan sacredly honor the memory of this great man.
Museum of Timurid History
Amir Timur Square is surrounded by the historical sights of Tashkent. The first thing that catches your eye is a round building Museum of the History of the Temurids. On the contrary, towers peep through the trees Tashkent chimes. It is curious that the clock towers are 2, not 1, as in other cities. Together they serve as a kind of gateway leading to the administrative center of the city.
Tashkent chimes form a kind of entrance to the square of Amir Timur
In the southeastern part, next to the square, a building literally leaving the USSR rises Hotel Uzbekistan. And to his right - decorated with stork figures above the dome Palace of International Forums. The palace is used for holding summits, congresses, conferences and other significant political and cultural events. By the way, it was in its walls in 2016 that the SCO Summit was held.
Uzbekistan Hotel (left) and the Palace of International Forums (right)
And finally, from the west, Amir Timur Square is limited by symmetrical buildings Law Institute. It is curious that they practically did not suffer during the earthquake and retained their appearance from the end of the 19th century.
Sayilgokh Street connects Amir Timur Square and Independence Square
From the local park Arbat - pedestrian street Sayilgokh - will lead to Independence Square (Mustakillik Maidoni). The latter, by the way, is the real political center of Tashkent. Located here Cabinet buildings and Senate of Uzbekistan.
Arch of good and noble intentions on Independence Square
Other attractions on Independence Square include:
- decorated with storks “an arch of good and noble intentions”,
- Independence Monument with the monument to the happy mother,
- alley of memory dedicated to those who died during the Second World War.
Independence Square is the real heart of Tashkent and a favorite vacation spot for citizens. It often hosts holidays, public celebrations and military parades.
Romanov Palace in Tashkent
By the way, literally across the street from Independence Square, you can find an unusual palace, built in 1891 for a link serving in these places Grand Duke Nikolai Konstantinovich Romanov. Today, this magnificent building is used as the reception house of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Well, that’s probably all for today. It turned out quite voluminously. We hope our post will help debunk the myths that there is absolutely nothing to see in Tashkent.
Yes, the capital of Uzbekistan is a large and noisy metropolis, here you rarely see the monumental oriental architecture inherent in other cities of the country: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Nevertheless, the city has its own unique flavor.
Be sure to take the time to visit its capital in your trip to Uzbekistan. Walk along Sayilgokh street, admire the monument to the great Tamerlan, taste the real Tashkent pilaf in the "Pilaf Center" or in the Chorsu market and, of course, do not miss the opportunity to take a walk around Tashkent at night. We are sure that the sights of the capital will leave in your memory only the most pleasant impressions.
Well, next time we will go to the mountains! Stay tuned. See you soon!
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