Idea #629 – Strolling in the Tsarist times Samarkand
The historic city of Samarkand, located in a large oasis in the Zeravchan Valley in northeastern Uzbekistan, is considered the crossroads of world cultures, with a history that goes back over two and a half millennia. The remains of settlements dating back to 1500 BC are found in the area, but the most notable period of development in Samarkand was the Timurid period, from the 14th to the 15th century, when it was the capital of powerful timurid state.The historic city consists of three sections: to the northeast is the site of the ancient city of Afrosiab, founded in the seventh century BC, to the west the city of the Russian period, and to the south the architectural ensembles of the Timurid era.During the tsarist period of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the city is enlarged in its western part. The new constructions erected by the Russians are of European style, mainly in brick. The modern city stretches around the historic district. This area represents the traditional continuity and qualities that are reflected in the structure of the habitat, small centers, mosques and houses. Many houses have painted and decorated interiors grouped around courtyards and gardens.
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