Lo! some we loved, the loveliest and best
That Time and Fate of all their Vintage prest,
Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,
And one by one crept silently to Rest.


Shakhrisabz - it is small, but ancient city, covered with legends, in piedmonts of Hissar range.

Timur Taragai Tamerlane was born in the village of Hoja Ilgar, near the city, and his childhood years were spent there. Later, Timur pro­moted Shakhrisabz as he tried to increase its importance as a cul­tural and political center.

The city is rightly considered its own particular culture and an architectural school adopted by oth­er Middle Age cities of the Tumirids epoch.

Even after establishing his cap­ital in Samarkand. Timur did not forget his native city: returning back after his campaigns, he always rested first in Kesh, and only then entered the capital.

Timur arranged grandiose cel­ebrations of his victories and marked them with the construction of mag­nificent buildings in his cities. Samarkand and Shakhrisabz were the most frequently selected for the pur­pose. A door in each direction, and colorful ornaments and traceries sim­ilar to those in Shakhrisabz are found in the buildings, bazaars, ho­tels, houses and chaikhanas.

The amazing city of Shakhris­abz combines the modern and an­cient, industry and crafts preserved in the monuments, dwellings, and, of course, in the documents of the multi-century history of architec­ture. 


The Ak-Sarai Palace (mean­ing «beautiful», «clean», «white», «light» in Turkic) was the result. The passage of time and the chang­ing of dynasties, wars and the flow of nature took their toll on the orig­inal striking beauty of the Palace. Only two pylons of the entrance arch and a small fragment of the eastern wall of this architectural masterpiece survived. However, even these impress with the vol­ume and height of the building.

The most magnificent mauso­leum is Jakhangir's, Timur's son who was a talented commander and statesman, and Timur loved him more than any of his oth­er sons.

Also there is the Kok-Gumbaz Mosque in Kesh which was designed and ordered by Ulugbek, and the town trade center Chorsu, still used today.

The cave of Tamerlane it is a fabulous nature and historical object located 80km far from Hissar Mountains. The cave is 500m in length, decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, and also with crystals that look like flowers. There is a small lake inside the distant hall. Entrance to the cave is located on the wall of vast canyon that also is interesting nature object.

There are also imprints of twen­ty steps of dinosaurs into the wall of the canyon.

Tash-Kurgan mountain set­tlement is very interesting too. Its locals preserved centuries-old cus­toms and way of life. You can meet picturesque Zarmasskiy canyon.


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