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Uzbekistan - The Ancient
Heart of Central Asia by Julia Feydman
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.
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.
|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
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!
|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.
for hotels in Tashkent
IN TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
browsing Tashkent Hotels
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.
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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