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The history of the Silk Road is a fascinating and multi-faceted tale which, as you begin to unravel it, will explain the mystery of the myth-laden road, and inspire yet more questions. Uzbekistan’s artistic influences, architecture, and the stories of the cultures that put those there will grip history buffs and enchant those that never even knew they had an interest.
A crucial bridge connecting diverse artistic traditions, nothing can prepare you for the sheer scale and extravagance of the Uzbekistan’s buildings. Samarkand was the capital of Timur, a great conqueror who flourished during the 14th century and transported craftsman all over Uzbekistan to construct grand buildings. Today’s visitors will encounter the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis here, a mind-blowing structure that showcases some of the most complex, three-dimensional, glazed tiling in the whole of Central Asia.
Between the 9th and 16th centuries it was common for even the smaller cities along the Silk Road route to house over 200 mosques – Uzbekistan’s skylines are peppered with dozens of bright azure, onion-shaped domes. Prepare to be dazzled by some of the best-preserved examples of ancient Muslim architecture in the world.
Boysun Bahori is one of the most culturally significant annual events in Uzbekistan’s calendar – a spring festival held in mountainous Boysun in the Surkhandarya Province. Dating back to pre-Islamic times, it is a colourful celebration of costumes, songs, dance and stories that have stood the test of time.