Tashkent sights, Uzbekistan
Well balanced combination of modern metropolis and the unique flavor of eastern city await you in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest metropolis in Central Asia.
For 60 years Tashkent was the capital of a communist republic, which significantly helped the city in its socio-economic development. But the Bolsheviks were not very kind to the religious architectural monuments of feudalism and capitalism, trying to set their own monumental buildings of the Soviet era. Tourists note that the farther the city is from the former communist center of the country the more its architectural monuments are preserved: for example in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Kokand. Add to abovementioned the fact that after the earthquake in 1966 the city has changed dramatically after the overhaul, and you'll see why in Tashkent only a limited number of buildings which belong to the Middle Ages remained.
Thus it becomes more valuable when we see preserved blue domes of mosques and madrassas of the Old Town - the area which is associated with the ancient, medieval and colonial past of Tashkent. This part of town is full of traditional neighborhoods of artisans, skilled craftsmen in wood and metal, and also excellent bakers, pastry-cooks and chefs of inimitable Uzbek cuisine.
Here you can find the real oriental bazaar - "Chorsu" - the oldest, most famous and biggest market in Tashkent. Here you can buy everything that accompanies a person with his first cry in the world and until his last breath. The bazaar is teeming the life, mixed-language speech is heard, counters are full of a variety of goods – there are national knives Pichak and skullcaps of any cut and color, and the traditional national clothes. The atmosphere of the market itself is saturated with aromas of spices, fresh fruits, vegetables and oriental sweets.
Near to the Chorsu Bazaar, a short walk away there is the religious center of Tashkent – Hast-Imam Complex which preserves the famous manuscript of the Quran attributed to Caliph 'Uthman (7th Century) and there are madrassas and mosques with typical oriental turquoise domes, which walls are decorated with colorful mosaic patterns. The complex has been constructed over the centuries, starting from 976, when there a mausoleum of the first holly patron of Tashkent Kaffal-Shashi was built up. Another sightseeing of Tashkent is Khoja Ahrar Vali Mosque, which is close to the “Chorsu” market. This functioning mosque is the oldest of the 157 mosques of modern Tashkent and the third largest mosque in Uzbekistan after the Bibi Khanum in Samarkand and the Kalyan Complex in Bukhara.
Taking a walk around Tashkent you will see the elegant European buildings from the time of Turkestan governor-generalship. Buildings in Tashkent of the late XIX - early XX centuries are characterized by "brick style" of Russian neo-romantic architecture, when the skilful brickwork itself is a decor. You will see the glittering facades of modern buildings and take the metro in Tashkent - one of the most beautiful in the world, where most of subways are artfully decorated underground palaces. There is a lot to see in the center of Tashkent, where there are numerous cafes and restaurants, theaters and museums, clubs and cinemas, shopping malls. The heart of the city is the Amir Timur Square which is surrounded by the buildings of the State Museum of Timurids, the Palace for International Forums, Tashkent State University of Law and the symbol of the city - Tashkent Clock Towers.
Landmarks and sights of Old Town
Hast-Imam (Khazrati Imam) is a religious center of Tashkent. It includes the Barak-Khana madrasah, built in the XVI century, the Tillya-Sheih Mosque, Mausoleum of Saint Abu-Bakr Kaffali Shashi and Islamic Institute named after al-Bukhari. More
Chorsu Bazaar is a popular Tashkent sight, aged more than several centuries, was always located at the city’s main square Eski-Juva. A good many of oriental rulers were trampling down the land of the bazaar for ages. More
The Khodja Akhrar Vali Mosque was built at the shakhristan’s highest point of ancient Tashkent in 819. The mosque, re-built, renamed and restored over and over again in different epochs, rises in Old Town amidst the squares of Chorsu, Khadra ans Eski Juva. More
The Center of Tashkent – the places to visit
Amir Timur Square
It includes the Hotel Uzbekistan, Law Institute (former building of girls’ gymnasium), the Amir Timur Museum, the best-known Tashkent Chiming Clock and one of the most grandiose architectural structures in Tashkent – the Palace of Forums. More
Independence Square is found in the center of Tashkent city. It is a favorite resting place for Tashkent residents. This was greatly facilitated by the fact that it is the place where the city’s most beautiful fountains are located. More
Tashkent Television Tower
The Tashkent television tower is one of the another popular Tashkent sights. It is the highest structure in Central Asia. Its total height amounts to 375 meters. The construction of the TV Tower began in1979, and completed in 1981. More
All the Tashkent metro stations have their own inimitable architectural look: marble and granite lining, rows of columns, colorful bas-reliefs, ganch. The lighting plays a critical role in design, which, in one station, creates an atmosphere of festival ball-room, while in another one, makes feel as though you found yourself in mysterious catacombs. More
Recreation, entertainment and shopping in Tashkent
The well-known Tashkent shopping and entertainment complexes such as Samarkand Darvaza, Mega Planet, Next, Compass etc. will best suit for shopping and entertainment. In addition the city has centrally located Alay bazaar, where it is possible to buy everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing, souvenirs and jewelries. Bowling, golf-club and paint-ball are also available in Tashkent.
Sights in the vicinity of Tashkent
At 15 km from Tashkent, in the village of Zangiata, there is a famous mausoleum Zangiata, where Muslim Sheikh Ai-Khodja and his wife were buried. More