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Samarkand Travel Guide

Samarkand, the second largest city in Uzbekistan, is home to one of the world’s finest Islamic architecture. Samarkand literally means “stone fort” or “rock town” and this is evident from its many beautiful architectural monuments and ancient ruins. Samarkand is the city of legends dating back to the 329 B.C. Samarkand is as old as Rome, Athens and Babylon- more than 25 centuries old.

Samarkand is a city of blue domes, slender minarets and invigorating smell situated on the Silk Road between China and the West. Samarkand is known by various names- Poets and historians of the past called it "Rome of the East, Ancient Arab manuscripts refer to it as the “Gem of the East” while the Europeans called it the “The Land of Scientists”.

Samarkand, a place unexplored and devoid of tourists, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures in the year 2001.

The town of Samarkand is over 2500 years old.

In the medieval period Samarkand was the meeting point of merchants’ caravans from India, Persia, and China as it was most noted for its central position on the Silk Route (between China and the West).

Samarkand was known as Marakanda to the ancient Greeks.

UNESCO listed Samarkand as one of its World Heritage Sites in 2001 and titled it as Samarkand- Crossroads of Cultures.

Fancy travelling to a place where the locals are courteous, warm and kind; where you can explore the town in just one dollar and shop to your heart’s content without spending much money? The place you are looking for is Samarkand – a majestic and beautiful city waiting to be explored!

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