Samarkand

 

Samarkand, one of the legendary stops on the Silk Road, is located in eastern Uzbekistan.

Samarkand had a central position on the Silk Road between China and the West. In the 14th century Temur (Tamerlane) made Samarkand the capital of his empire. Today the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Major monuments include the Registan mosque and madrasahs, originally built in mud brick and covered with decorated ceramic tiles, the Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Mausoleum, the Shakhi-Zinda compound, which contains a series of mosques, madrasahs and mausoleum, and the ensembles of Gur-Emir and Rukhabad, as well as the remains of Ulugh-Bek’s Observatory.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
 

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Platan

This hotel is located in Samarkand, 2 km from Guri Amir and 2.5 km from the Registan. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are available in Platan Hotel. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and cable channels. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84

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Samarkand Dream Hotel

Offering a restaurant, Samarkand Dream Hotel is located in Samarkand, a 15-minute walk from Central Park. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The accommodation will provide you with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is also a refrigerator. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

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Malika Prime Hotel

Located 2 minutes’ walk from the Amir Temur Monument and Gur-e Amir Complex in Samarkand, this hotel features a terrace and air-conditioned rooms with a minibar. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60 - $75

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Hotel Samarkand Safar

Offering an outdoor pool and a sauna, Hotel Samarkand Safar is located in Samarkand, 2.5 km from the Registan. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a DVD player. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

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Hotel Dilshoda

Located opposite the ancient Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, this traditional hotel is centrally located in the historic city. A 24-hour reception, garden terrace and homelike accommodation are offered here. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27 - $80

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Caravan Serail

Hotel Caravan Serail

Located 10 minutes’ walk from the 15th-century Registan Ensemble in Samarkand’s Old Town, this hotel offers a traditional restaurant and rooms with free Wi-Fi. There is also a 24-hour reception. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$29 - $50

$29-
Samarkand Dream Hotel

Samarkand Dream Hotel

Offering a restaurant, Samarkand Dream Hotel is located in Samarkand, a 15-minute walk from Central Park. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The accommodation will provide you with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is also a refrigerator. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Hotel Billuri Sitora

Hotel Billuri Sitora

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Billuri Sitora offers accommodation in Samarkand. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Ideal Hotel

Ideal Hotel

This hotel enjoys a quiet location in Samarqand, a 5-minute walk from University Boulevard and 10 minutes from the historic Registan Square. Ideal Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and elegant interiors. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $90

$30-
Hotel Samarkand Seoul

Hotel Samarkand Seoul

Hotel Samarkand Seoul offers accommodation in Samarkand. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Hotel "Simxo"

Hotel "Simxo"

Offering a sauna and indoor pool, Hotel "Simxo" is set in Samarkand. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Guest House Marokand

Guest House Marokand

Guest House Marokand offers accommodation in Samarkand. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. This property provides both free WiFi and free private parking. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Hotel Sarbon Samarkand

Hotel Sarbon Samarkand

Hotel Sarbon Samarkand offers pet-friendly accommodation in Samarkand. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. A TV with cable channels, as well as a computer are available. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Hotel Zarina

Hotel Zarina

Featuring free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool, Hotel Zarina offers accommodation in Samarkand. The hotel has a terrace and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Astor Hotel

Astor Hotel

Astor Hotel is located in business district of Samarkand, a 6-minute drive to the historical centre. It features a sauna, hot tub and massage services. Free Wi-Fi is available. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Mini Inn Shakhname

Mini Inn Shakhname

Mini Inn Shakhname offers accommodation in Samarkand. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Mini Inn Shakhname features free WiFi throughout the property. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Bibikhanum Hotel

Bibikhanum Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Bibikhanum Hotel offers accommodation in Samarkand. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$42

$42-
Mixt Royal Palace

Mixt Royal Palace

Located in the city centre of Samarkand and featuring an on-site restaurant, Mixt Royal Palace offers guests a breakfast buffet, free internet access and free private parking. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$42

$42-
Hotel Bek Samarkand

Hotel Bek Samarkand

Hotel Bek Samarkand offers accommodation in Samarkand. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Hotel Samarkand Safar

Hotel Samarkand Safar

Offering an outdoor pool and a sauna, Hotel Samarkand Safar is located in Samarkand, 2.5 km from the Registan. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a DVD player. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

$48-
Emirkhan Hotel

Emirkhan Hotel

Offering a restaurant, Emirkhan Hotel is located in Samarkand, within a 10-minute walk of Samarkand Bus Station. Free WiFi and free private parking are provided. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

$48-

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
The historic town of Samarkand has long been a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century BCE, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timur era from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The historical part of Samarkand consists of three main sections:

1.In the north-east there is the site of the ancient city of Afrosiab, founded in the 7th century BC and destroyed by Genghis Khan in the 13th century, which is preserved as an archaeological reserve.

2.To the south, there are architectural ensembles and the medieval city of the Temurid epoch of the 14th and 15th centuries, which played a seminal role in the development of town planning, architecture, and arts in the region. The old town still contains substantial areas of historic fabric with typical narrow lanes, articulated into districts with social centres, mosques, madrassahs, and residential housing.

3.To the west is the area that corresponds to the 19th and 20th centuries expansions, built by the Russians in European style. The modern city extends around this historical zone, which represents traditional continuity and qualities that are reflected in the neighborhood structure, the small centers, mosques, and houses. Many houses retain painted and decorated interiors, grouped around courtyards and gardens.
Islamic Landmarks
Like other important cities along the Silk Road, Samarkand is filled with both mosques (many quite alive today) and mausoleums. (The list is too long to fit in here.)
Combination
Archeological Sites

Ulugbek's Observatory

Ulugbek was an astronomer, scientist and architect. The monument is situated in the north-east outskirts of city was originally a three-floor round building, decorated by glazed tiles, majolica, mosaic. While this building was later destroyed, what was preserved is part of huge sextant – major astronomic instrument, the lowest part of which was in a deep trench (11km).

Both arcs of this instrument are made of marble with indication of degrees. During excavations, many other astronomic instruments were found, making the observatory of Ulugbek possibly unique as archeological evidence of ancient sky viewing.

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