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.


The first information about Tashkent appeared in ancient chro­nicles of the East in the 2-nd cen­tury B.C. Even by the Middle Ages, Tash­kent was well developed as a cen­tre of agriculture, a city of crafts­men and well protected on its bor­ders from northern nomadic tribes. At various times Tashkent has been part of Kushan Empire and Eftalit's state, then of the Turkish Kaganat and Arabian Khalifat, Per­sian kings Samanids and Karakha-nid1- nomads. It was conquered by Chingizkhan and Tamerlan, and for a long time was under power of the Kokand Khanate and at the end of the 19th century was con­quered by Russia, becoming the centre of Turkistan region, and since 1930 Tashkent has been the capital of Uzbekistan. Today Tashkent is a modern city with a population of more than 2, 5 million. It is situated on the Chirchik valley at an altitude of 480rn above sea level, and holds a territory of 30 thousand hectares. After a disastrous earthquake in 1966, the city was rebuilt and became one of the most beautiful administrative and cultural, indus­trial centers of Asia. The architectural appearance of Tashkent distinguishes the ob­viously expressive national coloring: ultra modern buildings harmo­niously neighbor medieval mon­uments, and mere is much green­ery, parks, and fountains. Tashkent is the air gate of Uz­bekistan, and the international air­port can accept any types of airplane from more than 50 cities of the world. Hundreds of internation­al congresses, workshops, conferenc­es, festivals and sporting competi­tions take place annually in Tash­kent. Thousand of tourists and businessmen visit Tashkent every year, and get acquainted with its monuments and ancient Uzbek cul­ture.


The Old City - tourists can visit protected and partially re­stored monuments: madrassah Kukeldash XVI-XIX and Barakhan Madrassah (XV-XVI), Kalal-al-Shahi mausoleum (XVI), stroll through and shop in the old city mar­ket, or wander through the narrow streets of old Tashkent, where it seems that time has stood still for 200 years.

The Square of People's Friendship - an architectural comp­lex Including a huge concert hall, the unique parliament building, the sculptural family of black­smith Shamakmudov, who during World War II adopted 15 orphans, a park with an artificial lake and a monument devoted to Alisher Navoi and also the Abdukasim Sheikh (XVI) Madrassah

The Museum of Applied Arts, where more than 4 thousand artifacts and exhibits (ceramics, gold embroidery, carpets, pictures silk and jewels) of The best crafts-men from all over Uzbekistan are exhibited. The museum is set in the Palace of the Russian diplomat Polovstev built in XIX. The palace has a magnificent interior decorat­ed with ganche, fretwork and wood carvings tree.

The Museum of Antique Jeweler The museum is located in an old building of the 19th century that belonged to Romanoff's family  Decorative and Applied Art Museum. The museum was built in the beginning of the 20th century in a traditional Uzbek style. Here you will be acquainted with Uzbek traditions and culture. 

Independence Square - Amir Temur Park. Independen­ce Square (former Lenin Square) is situated in the centre of the city. Here near the monument symbolizing new independent Uzbe­kistan pass holidays and parades. The square is surrounded on one side by office buildings - The Cabi­net 01 Ministers and a number of the Ministries and also The State Library, and on the other- several fountains. Strolling down the stre­ets it is possible to get to the monu­ment dedicated to Tamerlane (Amir Timur). The street is famous for a group of local cafes. Here you can buy numerous souvenirs, get your portrait painted in a moment, or buy pictures. The street ends with a small park, in centre of which there is a statue of the great commander and statesman of medieval Uzbe­kistan - Tamerlane. Situated very nearby is The State Museum of The History of the Timurids, opened in 1997. Tashkent is the only city in Central Asia that has an under­ground. Construction work start­ed on it in 1973. Now the under­ground lines stretch to 47km. Con­sidering the varied interior of the underground stations, the Tashkent underground could be considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Chimgan Mountains - ski resort, situated 80km from Tash­kent in the Western Tien-Shan at an altitude of 1500m above sea le­vel. Come the winter this is a fine place for downhill skiing, while in the summer months thousands of people spent week-ends here as well as by the bank of high-mountain­ous Charvak reservoir


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