Ancient and forever young Tashkent
Once this metropolis was a small place, its history goes back more than two thousand years, Today, it is difficult to imagine that instead of high towers, there were small houses, and the most big buildings were minarets at that time.
Tashkent is he capital of Uzbekistan, more than 2.5 million people live in there, among whom the representatives of 140 nations and nationalities.
Every time it is called very differently: City of the World, Star of the East, City of bread, etc. If we translate it word by word from Turkish language, it means “Stone City”
In 70-s of the previous century, archeologists came to conclusion that the city was appeared 2000 years ago in ancient city Minurik, but excavations of the another city – Shoshtepa in the southern side of the capital of Uzbekistan, affirmed that the city is more than 200 years older. Shoshtepa is the ancestor of modern Tashkent. New data were sent to UNESCO, after which the celebration of the 2200th anniversary of the city was decided to hold in 2007. By the way, that year also was written in the annals of the history of Tashkent, as the year of “The capital of Islamic culture” by International Islamic Organization for Education, Science and culture issues (ISESCO).
Today, the face of Tashkent has embodied East as well as West. Here is the combination of buildings of Central Asian Middle ages period, European architecture of Turkestan General-Governor’s times, the “box” houses of Soviet Union era and modern multiple-floor apartments, business centers, luxurious hotels, strong building blocks – the unique art of the independent development era.
The city is known all over the world not only as a major economic, scientific and cultural center, but, first of all, as a symbol of the constantly growing authority of Uzbekistan on the international arena, as a city where dozens of embassies of foreign countries and representative offices of many international organizations are assembled, where summits of the heads of state, major international symposia and conferences are held.
Despite the rich architecture representing different epochs, the city still remains as a large construction site. As it is said: every time has its own buildings.
During the independence years of Uzbekistan, the complex Hazrati Imam (Hast-Imam) – a religious center, a favorite place of pilgrimage for foreign guests – Chorsu Square, Kukeldash Madrasa and others, received a new life. The main square of the country “Mustakillik” (Independence Square) has changed.
Streets of Tashkent were also decorated the State Museum of the History of Temurids, the Gallery of Fine Art, the Palace of Forums, the Palace of Youth and many beautiful fountains. By the way, for the big amount of presence of last ones, the capital of Uzbekistan is also called as “City of Fountains”.
There are a huge number of museums: the Art Museum of Uzbekistan (here more than 4000 exhibits are kept, some of them are over 1000 years old), the Museum of History, the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum of railway technics, Yesenin Museum and others.
There are leading theatres of country in Tashkent such as the State Bolshoi Theatre named after Alisher Navoi, the Academic Russian Dramatic Theatre, the Tashkent State Theatre of musical comedy, the Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan, the Dramatic Theatre named after Abror Khidoyatov.
There are more than 20 universities, conservatory, Uzbek Academy of Science and its scientific-research institutes work efficiently in the capital of Uzbekistan.
As it becomes to metropolis, here is a ramous network of route vehicles, buses and taxi. Since 1977 here is working subway. By the way, metro of the capital – one of the sightseeing, with what the guests of country are certainly acquainted.
The other pride of Tashkent people is the TV Tower. It is the highest building of central Asia (the height is 375 meters). Make sure that You visit it in the evening, when over the ancient city the starts shine watching after them not one thousand years. How to know, maybe, they want to share with the legends of old and forever young Tashkent. “Stone City” keeps not few secrets, which can surprise one more generation.
Wanted to mention that, with the all others, our cozy hotel “Osiyo Palace” is situated in walking distance from TV Tower. So, this allows you, our dear guests, to enjoy and admire its beauty at any time, in any room and on any condition.