Destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1220, Samarkand has been rebuilt by ancient Emperors and flourished under the silk trade. Nestled in a large oasis in the Zerafshan River valley, UNESCO listed Samarkand is a treasure-trove of Islamic architecture. Explore the bustling bazaar, marvel at the breath-taking medressas of Registan and soak up the spiritual atmosphere in this crossroads of civilisation.
Ancient Samarkand has long been synonymous with fallen empires, from the mighty Ghengis Khan to the fearsome Tamerlane. This historically remarkable city with its vast mosques, turquoise domes and minaret spires is one of Uzbekistan’s greatest treasures, and an essential stop on any journey through this fascinating country.