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Fascinating Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Prachi Dharap Sep 3, 2019
Samarkand, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Inhabited since almost 40,000 years, the city actually blossomed with the growing popularity of the Silk Route.

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Registan Square

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The beautiful square consists of 3 Madrasas around one central plaza. Do visit the place in the morning as well as evening when they host a magical light show.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasa
The oldest building in the Registan square has been around since the 14th century.
Sher-Dor Madrasa
The second Madrasa in the Registan square built between 1619-1636 displays rare Aniconism in Islamic architecture.
Tilya-Kori Madrasa
The third building in the Registan square is wonderful mosque, built just 10 years after Sher-Dor. Currently it is transformed into a museum.

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Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
The impressive grave of Timur, one of Uzbekistan’s greatest rulers is just 500 meters away from the Registan square.

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Bibi-Khanym Mosque
It was once considered among the greatest mosques in the Islamic world. The construction was started by Timur, but was never completed. The restoration is still in progress from 1974.
Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis
Checking out exquisite blue tiled maze with geometric patterns from the 14th century is heavenly. The necropolis is for the Timurids and other dynasties.
Ulugh Beg Observatory
Ulugh Beg, a Timurid ruler was an astronomer and mathematician. The observatory he built was destroyed in 1449, but discovered later.
Siyob Bazaar
The bazaar is certainly a must-visit. The amount of food on display will tempt you to taste it. The atmosphere too, is lively and fun.

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Plov
The beloved national dish - Plov is hearty rice dish, topped with chunks of meat and vegetables. Osh Markazi Filial No.1 near the Ulugh Beg Observatory is one of the best places to relish it.
Saint Daniel Mausoleum
Relics of Saint Daniel are kept in this place. The worshipers from 3 religions come for pilgrimage here. It is considered to be lucky if you wash your face or drink from the natural spring there.