Sites in Uzbekistan

Historic Centre of Bukhara

BukharaDate of Inscription: 1993
Bukhara region
N39 46 29 E64 25 43

Bukhara is the capital of the Bukhara Province (viloyat) of Uzbekistan. The nation's fifth-largest city, it has a population of 237,900 (1999 census estimate). The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia and the city itself has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. The historic center of Bukhara, which contains numerous mosques and madrassas, has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.

Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz

ShakhrisyabzDate of Inscription: 2000
Property : 240.0000 ha
Kashkadarya region
N39 03 E66 50

Shakhrisyabz is a city in Uzbekistan located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand with the population of 53,000 (1991). It is located at the altitude of 622 m. Once a major city of Central Asia, it is primarily known today as the birthplace of 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur. Its name means "green city" in Persian. Formerly known as Kesh and tentatively identified with the ancient Nautaca Shakhrisyabz should be counted among Central Asia’s most ancient cities. The Emir of Bukhara, Abdullah Khan II, mostly destroyed the city in the 16th century during his attempt to seize the Shaybanid throne. According to legend, he had the city destroyed in a fit of rage over the death of his favorite horse from exhaustion on a steep approach to the city, but was later overcome with remorse for the damage he had done. Several remaining impressive monuments from the Timurid Dynasty have enabled the old part of the city to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures

SamarkandDate of Inscription: 2001
Property : 965.0000 ha
Samarkand Region
N39 40 07 E67 00 00

Samarkand is the second-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of Samarqand Province. The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. The Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains one of the city's most famous landmarks. The Registan was the ancient centre of the city. In 2001, UNESCO inscribed the 2,750-year-old city on the World Heritage List. Samarkand derives its name from the Old Persian asmara, "stone", "rock", and Sogdian kand, "fort", "town". Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and the Mediterranean. At times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia.

These brief descriptions and pictures come mainly from Wikipedia. Along the way we will update it with our own information and pictures. For more information about World Heritage sites check out: http://whc.unesco.org