Samarkand from Sogdian: "Stone Fort" is the third-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of Samarqand Province. The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. In the 14th century it became the capital of the empire of Timur (Tamerlane) and is the site of his mausoleum (the Gur-e Amir). The Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains one of the city's most notable landmarks. The Registan was the ancient center of the city.In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures.

    Termez is a city in southern Uzbekistan near the border with Afghanistan.Some link the name of the city to thermos, "hot" in Greek, tracing its name back to Alexander the Great. Others suggest that it came from Sanskrit taramato, meaning "on the river bank".

    Shakhrisabz - hometown of Temur where everything somehow or other connected with his name. Here the lord was born and grew up, here his father Amir Taragai and spiritual advisor Shamseddin Kulyol as well as his eldest sons Jakhongir and Omar Sheikh were buried. And the great lord himself believed that here his soul would rise to the throne of Allakh. He even constructed the crypt for himself. But the destiny made arrangements in different way...

    Bukhara was known as Bokhara in 19th and early 20th century. Persian-speaking Soghdians inhabited the area, and some centuries later the Persian language became dominant among them. Encyclopædia Iranica mentions that the name Bukhara is possibly derived from the Soghdian βux?rak (Place of Good Fortune). Muhammad ibn Jafar Narshakhi in his History of Bukhara (completed 943-44 CE) mentions:Bukhara has many names. One of its name was Numijkat. It has also been called "Bumiskat". It has 2 names in Arabic. One is "Madinat al Sufriya" meaning - "the copper city" and another is "Madinat Al Tujjar" meaning - "The city of Merchants". But, the name Bukhara is more known than all the other names.  

    As it is described in the annals there had been beautiful palaces among green gardens, temples, streets of craftsmen. In the capital craftsmen were engaged in metal processing, weaving cotton and woolen clothes, manufacturing of weapons, ceramics, jewelry. The city was a brisk trade center. The testimonies of it are coins of the states, which were found from Bizance in the West and up to China in the East. For the period of its existence the city survived ups and downs. But it always remained the crossroads of international trade, center of culture and art.

    Khiva – one of the most ancient cities of Asia which was founded in V century BC. During many centuries the Silkroad crossed the region and connected the Asia with Europe. Merchants used to stop to have a rest, to drink cold and pure water as crystal and uttered words of pleasure “Key vakh” (“what a pleasure!”), that has prompted inhabitants to name this place as “Keyvakh”. Thus, one of many legends sounds about the beginning of the establishment of Khiva.

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11 / 01.18

Bukhara city will become the capital of Islamic Culture in 2020

Bukhara is honored as the capital of Islamic culture in 2020. This decision was admitted at the 9-th Conference of Ministers of  Organization of  Islamic  Cooperation  
17 / 04.17

Flamingos flew to Karakalpakstan

At the present day, large numbers of different birds fly together at the Lake Sudochye, which is located in Muynak region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. There are more than 230 species of migratory and constantly inhabiting birds taken up the residence in the system of lakes which covers an area above 50 thousand hectares. Among this variety you can find a flock of flamingos.