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Shakhrisabz - A view from our expert author


Bronze statue of Amir Timur Ak Serai Shakhrisabz Uzbekistan by Sophie and Max Lovell-HoareBronze statue of Amir Timur, Ak Serai  © Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare

Get better acquainted with Uzbekistan’s national hero in the hometown of Amir Timur.

There has been a settlement here, in the upper reaches of the Qashqa Darya River, for at least 2,700 years. The modern highway to Samarkand overlies a much older route through the mountains to Samarkand, but though it was a well-situated trading post, it would never have come to our notice if it were not for the city’s most famous son: the 14th-century emperor, Amir Timur.

Amir Timur dominates Shakhrisabz, and quite rightly so. Join the throngs of wedding goers in Amir Timur Park to have your photo taken with the modern bronze statue of the great man himself and, more importantly, to see what’s left of the Ak Serai, his once mighty palace with its unrestored medieval tile work. Head then along the main street to the Dor at-Tilyavat and Dor as-Siadat for the Timurid mosque and family necropolis.

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