Tashkent is not the best place for a traveler who wants to see the real East. This is a modern part of Uzbekistan. Today Tashkent is one of the industrial cities of Uzbekistan. Only a few blocks of Chorsu bazaar remained here from the old city: in 1966, Tashkent was almost completely destroyed by a powerful earthquake. As elsewhere in the East, in Tashkent there are many bazaars and city markets, the best of which are considered to be the oldest bazaar of the capital Eski-Zhuva and the Chorsu market.
But, here you can also see a
lot of beautiful mausoleums and madrasahs - however, most of them are restored
buildings. In addition, Tashkent is interesting for an amazing combination of
religious buildings of several faiths, each of which is stunningly beautiful in
itself, and especially impressive in contrast to its neighbors. In what other
city can you see the majestic Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
("Polish Church") and richly decorated with ceramic tiles with
traditional ornaments of Kukeldash Madrasa; Evangelical Lutheran Church,
designed by Benoit, and the Orthodox Holy Assumption Cathedral with a
speechless deprived gorgeous bell tower?
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You can move around the city by bus, minibus, taxi and subway. All 29 stations of the local metro have their own unique architectural appearance - marble and granite, rows of columns and bas-reliefs that are familiar to the capital's residents.
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Café and restaurants
Local cuisine should be sought, of course, in the Old Town. Most of the fragrant teahouses and cafes are concentrated between Kukeldash Madrasa and Chorsu bazaar. Here you can taste real Uzbek kebab, shawarma, hot samsa. Take a look also at the Yunus-Abad tennis courts, where the huge "Osh Markazi" ("Pilaf Center") is located. Needless to say that a simple and at the same time amazing dish of rice and lamb will open here from the new side?
Entertainment and sights of Tashkent
The heart of Tashkent is Amir Timur Square, around which the buildings of the Timurid Museum, the Palace of Forums and the Law Institute of the 19th century are elegantly located. The architectural ensemble is crowned with the symbol of the city - the Tashkent chimes.
Hast-Imam Square (or Hazrati-Imam) is the religious center of Tashkent, because here are the main madrasas and mosques of the country. These are the Barak-Khan madrasah of the 16th century, the Tilla-Sheikh mosque, the Abu-Bakr Kaffali Shashi Mausoleum, and the Islamic Institute named after Imam al-Bukhari.
The Khoja Akhrar Vali Mosque, which was built in 819 on the highest point of the shahristan of the then Tashkent, deserves special attention. Of course, it was rebuilt more than once, renamed, but to this day it has been preserved in surprisingly good condition. And its light impressive walls, as well as many centuries ago, are surrounded by ancient squares of Chorsu, Khadr and Eski-Zhuva.
Of the surviving monuments in
Tashkent, the Sheikhantaur ensemble (consisting of three mausoleums -
Yunus-Khan, Sheikhantur and Kaldirgach-Biya), the mausoleums of Zainutdin-Bobo
and Sufi-Ota are also worth seeing. Of the religious buildings, the Kukeldash
madrasah, the Abdul-Kasym-Eshon madrasah, the Jami, Mirza-Yusuf and
Hayrabat-Eshon mosques have been preserved.
There are many museums in Tashkent, including the State Art Museum, the new Amir Timur Museum, the Museum of the History of Uzbekistan, the Museum of Applied Art and the Literary Museum. Noteworthy is the world-famous Opera and Ballet Theater after Navoi with a beautiful square in front of it.
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