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    First Impression

    by Elisabcn Written Aug 20, 2007

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    Well, i had read a lot about this mythical city before arriving to Samarqand. However my first impression was that of a big modern city, very green with a lot of parks, water, long avenues and very occidental because of its tall russian buildings. Did I get lost? Was i in the right place?! But some meters away, at the end of Universiteti Boulevard i found the monumental statue of Timur sat as if he was organising the traffic... then i had no doubt: i was in SAMARQAND ;-)

    green boulevards of Samarqand
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    Numbers, data and events...

    by Elisabcn Written Aug 19, 2007

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    Age: Samarqand has celebrated its 2750 birthday
    Population: about 405.000 inhabitants
    Elevation: 710m
    Languages: russian and uzbek
    Currency 1euro=1500sums (August 2007)

    Occupied by Alexander the Great, turks, arabs, persians, karakhanids, khorezmids, mongolians and russians
    In 1370 became the capital of Timur's Great Empire

    Along with Baylon, Memphis, Athens and Rome Samarqand is one of the major centres of human civilisation
    Connected with life and activity of great thinkers and scholars: Abu Mansur Moturidi, Imam Ismail Bukhari, Khodja Akror Vali, Ulugbek, Alisher Navoi and many others

    'Everything I have heard about Marakanda it's true, except that it's more beautiful than I ever imagined' Alexander the Great

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    Relax in the huge University park

    by Trekki Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    Following the history of Samarkand’s importance as scientific city already under Ulug’bek, it is quite logical that the city has a big university today with over 3000 students in several faculties. The university buildings are mainly concentrated southwest of Gur-i-Amir Mausoleum, often in beautiful old buildings, like the University of Biology (pic. 1). The best of all is the huge, gaden-like park around the university, open to the public. It is very much inviting with huge trees, shady areas, benches, walkways, a lot of little cafes and restaurants (with students’ prices of course), for relaxing or people watching. In the southwestern part of the park, a big statue of Alisher Navoi, a poet, painter and musician of Timurid period.

    At the southeastern part of the park, the restaurants get higher in prices, but quality is still good. Interesting buildings, like the one in pic. 4 – it looks more like something Norwegian, and has a cock as wind vane (thus not much Norwegian any more).

    University of Samarkand

    Samarkand, University of Biology University Park in Samarkand University Park in Samarkand, statue of Navoi University Park in Samarkand, restaurant
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    Civil architecture

    by SirRichard Written Nov 19, 2004

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    Not all the monuments in Samarkand are religious.
    There was a nice building in front of a pond with steps, but I can't remember the name right now (I didn't write it down at the diary). So if anyone knows the name of the building, please mail me :-)

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    Samarkand, Hoja Ismail

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Small town, some 30 km from Samarkand
    Get there with a marshrutnoe from the Bazaar
    It's a pilgrim's for Al-Buchari, one of Islams greatest scientists.
    Very clean domain (no entrance)

    Very expensive mausoleum, paid witth the money of rich sponsors. Lots of gold.
    The museum only houses korans which have been given bij the leaders of other moslimcountries. Not worth the 1000 sum.
    We expected things on display about Al-Buchari, but no.

    Enrance of Hoja Ismail
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    Tamerlane

    by John195123 Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Tamerlane takes a few minutes out to get a shoe shine from some locals. What a sweet guy!

    Anyway, this statue of Timur The Lame watches traffic day and night, nearish the Hotel President.

    Timur gets a shoe shine
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    Hammam

    by Elisabcn Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    These are the remains of a XVth century Hammam. Stop here just for 5 minutes and try to immagine how did it work, people, atmosphere...

    Hammam
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  • Tilla-Kari Medrese

    by Rumiya Written Aug 17, 2004

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    The "gold covered", served as the main Friday Mosque, which after extensive renovations once again takes your breath away and the adjacent museum exhibits should not be left out.

    Tilla Kari Medrese
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    Samarkand, catholic church

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 2, 2004

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    Near Gorky Park, there a not quite ugly Catholic Church.

    Because my mother was 88 and at the end of her life, I wanted to light a candle

    Two months latershe died in peace

    Samarkand church

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