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Uzbekistan - The Ancient Heart of Central Asia   by Julia Feydman

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Uzbekistan is home to some of the oldest cities in the world. As it is situated between two rivers, the Amu-Darya and the Sir-Darya, it was considered as the crossroads of the famed Silk Road, a lucrative trading route that ran through the center of Uzbekistan. The area has always been a haven for culture and for religion. In fact, Zoroastrianism, which predates Christianity and Islam, began in what is now called Uzbekistan, and this religion is still practiced worldwide.
Quite a bit of technology existed early in civilization, and the people of Uzbekistan were involved in building and improving irrigation systems, weaving silk, maintaining an armory, growing and cultivation cotton and various types of grain, grapes, and other fruits. Those who had knowledge of these cultural achievements were held in high regard.

Uzbekistan is once again a popular destination for travelers to Central Asia. There are so many interesting places to go and things to see that you may have a difficult time choosing what attractions to visit. Uzbekistan travel is a lot like stepping into another world.

Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, presents an awesome mix of ancient and modern architecture: from centuries old Zangiota mausoleum and Khast Imam ensemble to Tashkent metro, the magnificent underground artwork in itself, and the TV Tower, the tallest building in Central Asia.

Samarkand has the Afrasiab Museum, which is filled with archeological items that were found during the time between the 4th and the 13th centuries, A.C.

Mir-I-Arab Madrassah from Kalon minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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Bukhara has many mosques and mausoleums to check out, such as the Magoki-Attari, the Kalyan, and the Djami mosques and the Samanids, the Chashma-Ayub mausoleums.
Main Gate Dating from the 18th Centruy, to the Ruler's Fort, the Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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Khiva is unique in that the entire town was declared as a "historical monument of world significance" by UNESCO. Every building and attraction in this town has been preserved in the style that was in use when the town was established 2500 years ago. Khiva can boast of having more minarets in all of Asia.

Shakhrisabz includes the historic Kok Gumbaz mosque, built in 1437, and the Gumbaz Seyidan mausoleum, built in 1438.

Termez, which is located on the left bank of the Amudarya River, has the Kokildor-Ota mausoleum, and the Karatepa, a Buddhist center which is constructed on three hills. There are temples and monasteries that were here during the 2nd century A.D.

The city of Nurata has the distinction of being founded by Alexander the Great in 327 B.C. He also installed a water supply system that is still used today. What is left of the fortress used by Alexander and his men remains here, as well as the Djuma mosque.

Baysun is a highly interesting place to visit. In this town, the customs and culture of the locals has not changed for many thousands of years. Cave Teshiktash, where the remains of Neanderthal people have been found, and rock paintings from the Mesolite era can be seen in the Kohitang Mountains.
Uzbekistan travel is an experience you won't soon forget!


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About the Author: Julia Feydman has always been fascinated by the rich history of Central Asia. Over time, her passion as well as many memorable trips to the area have grown into a successful, U.S. based travel agency - East Site, Inc. Uzbekistan travel is one of the major routes her company specializes in.


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Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent
Hotel Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent is a "home away from home" centrally located on the Silk Road Tashkent Uzbekistan. The Silk Road is historically a corner-stone of world trade.  Uzbekistan encompasses the most important cities on this ancient route and moreover hosts the biggest population in Central Asia, presenting visitors with an inspiring vision of the East with its culture, architecture and remarkable tastes intermingled with the heritage of the old Soviet Union. The capital Tashkent stands out with the finest examples of this cultural diversity and refined Soviet architecture. Considered as one of the gourmet establishments of the city, The Opera Café offers a peerless mix of patisserie, restaurant and Opera bar.
InterContinental Tashkent
Surrounded by Japanese Gardens and a picturesque lake, this luxury resort is currently the only five star hotel in Uzbekistan. Situated in the capital city of Tashkent, the hotel features 233 guest rooms including 21 suites with full internet connection, stylish decor and modern furniture, as well as the usual room amenities such as air-conditioning and fully stocked mini bar. As with most InterContinental Hotels, there are a whole host of facilities to entertain the guests, including the wonderfully relaxing Aquarius Health Club with its heated indoor swimming pool, full gymnasium and rejuvenating traditional massage.
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