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"Amaretto" restaurant
Rubric: Restaurants
Published: 03 july 2018

Italian restaurant "Amaretto", located in the city center, offers a wide range of Italian dishes: pizza, pasta, risotto, salads and more. There are two rooms, one of which is decorated in pastel shades of deeppink and chocolate color, the other one has light brown and golden tints. You also can order a cup of coffee or one of your favorite cocktails at restaurant bar. The main highlight of "Amaretto" restaurant is, above all, the taste harmony, fresh products and great service that gives only a good mood. Thanks to the comfortable interior, elegant furniture and warm colors, a feeling of warmth and comfort will not leave you until the end of the evening. Each dish of "Amaretto" restaurant is a unique combination of ingredients and Italian technology of preparation that allows creating real masterpieces of culinary art.   Address: Yakkasaray district, St. Shotta Rustaveli, 28 Telepho...

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Origin of the name Samarkand
Published: 03 july 2018

 There is no the unquestionable name of the ancient city of the planet. The encyclopaedist Beruniy and the scientist Makhmud Koshgariy discussed about the name Samarkand in XI century. There are many versions. They are all based on the linguistic suppositions, records about Samarkand in the chronicles and written sources of different times and nations, legends.Assuming that the name of the city consists of two words, people resorted to the simplest explanation, linking these two words with two proper names or with one, and under the intended interpretation they summed the legendary foundation.There is a version that Samar dug a spring here and drained it, soon near the spring many people lived and gradually the town appeared. The thankful citizens called the settlement “Samarkand”, that means “Samar dug”.It is also said that the town is so called by the name ...

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Legend of Shah-i-Zinda necropolis
Published: 03 july 2018

One of the world-famous ancient burial places of Central Asia Shahi Zinda is located in the north-east of Samarkand. Ensemble includes mausoleums and other religious buildings 11-14, and 19th centuries. Shahi Zinda in Arabic means "The Living King".According to legend, the Prophet Mohammed a cousin Kusam ibn Abbas, who was sent to earth to preach religion Islam. During the prayer he was killed and beheaded. As he was saint, he didn’t die, but he took his head and went down to the cave where he drank living water, getting immortality. It is said that to this day he lives there.There is also a holly tree at the end of the corridor on the east side of the cemetery Shah-i-Zinda. According to legend, it is able to fulfill wishes. Legend says he who twice visits the complex Shahi-Zinda, will make satisfaction for sins and be forgiven from on high.  ...

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The Uzbek atlas is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 03 july 2018

UNESCO inscribed an ancient technology for manufacture of Uzbek silk fabrics – atlas and adras into the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.  The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting decided to include Margilan Crafts Development Centre, safeguarding of the atlas and adras making traditional technologies to the list.  Khan-atlas is the pearl of Uzbekistan. In this beautiful fabric displayed the character and traditions of the Uzbek people.  Khan's silk has a unique bright color palette, a smooth structure, symbolizing kindness, optimism and irrepressible energy.  Margilan was the centre for making atlas and adras.  The city of silk became famous all over the world with flowing iridescent patterns and embroiled silk fabrics.  On the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages merchants drove Margilan si...

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Open Central Asia
Published: 03 july 2018

Central Asia is unique and diverse region situated in the heart of the largest continent. Open Central Asia is a good slogan and it has several meanings.  Open heart First of all people who have lived in Central Asia for many centuries are really open and hospitable. They are always glad to see new guests. This is the most probable thing that you’ll hear from anyone who has been to any of central Asian countries at least once.  Open visa Central Asia today is more open that it was 25 years ago.  Appropriate political and visa regulations were introduced by the different countries of the region to welcome guests.  The only exclusion is Turkmenistan but it isn’t difficult to collect visa with our company’s LOI. Of course the region is far from the ideal yet but everything is improving. Open unique region  It’s very good offer and eve...

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Alpamysh
Published: 03 july 2018

  «Alpamysh» is nation heroic epic in the Turk people. This epic tale about the hero Alpamysh and his exploits, formed in 14-17 centuries, when the people of Central Asia waged a struggle against Jungar rulers. The most extensive version of the legends of the Uzbek Alpamysh is recorded by Fazil Juldash-ogly.   Compositionally epic is divided into two parts: 1) Alpamysh’s trip to the bride, marriahe of heroes; 2) Alpamysh’s campaign against Kalmyk ruler Taychahan, his seven-year stay in prison and victorious return to his homeland. The main ideas of the epic are struggle of the people for independence, the highest human ideals and peaceful life. The first part of "Alpamysh" was published in Russian translation edited by the poet Hamid Alimjan in 1939 in Tashkent. The plot of the epic is close to mythology of the ancient Turkic and Mongolian people. So, in...

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Central Asian Bullock-cart
Published: 03 july 2018

Bullock-cart or Arba was the main of transport in Central Asia and, in particular, in Uzbekistan for a long time. Selected types of carts pictured as petroglyphs confirm their invention in great antiquity. Arba - the first and the easiest form of transport and its development is linked to the development of cattle breeding, farming and crafts. Bullock-carts was used for transportation of goods, people, and even for combat purposes. Central Asian carts features There are more than 140 rock paintings of chariots and carts on the territory of Central Asia. All of them were studied in detail. Found images show that mostly horses were harnessed those days. Much less used camels and bulls. Later locals began to harness donkeys for bullock-cart. In Central Asia, in contrast to other countries, it has been distributed exclusively two-wheeled carts. The main feature of the cart of the northern p...

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Where’s situated fairyland “Susambil”?
Published: 03 july 2018

Tales has main place in Uzbek national folk art. Not only children are reading them – aged people also like to do it. There’s a great depth of meaning in the tales and reading them, you can find out many interesting things about life of common people. In masked form people are telling about their feelings, desires and secret ideas. There’re strong djahangirs, all-powerful genies, evil beasts and cunning kaziy and vezirs. Honest and young djigit (man) is the main hero in all tales. Usually he falls in love with noble girl and they pass all difficulties together. They use small tricks, nature sharpness and fearlessness. Fairyland Susambil Well, not only men are main heroes – they often masked by animals’ image. The best example is the tale about fairyland Susambil. What is this, where’s it situated and why did our heroes want to get there? The fairyla...

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Legend about Uzbek palov
Published: 03 july 2018

Uzbek palov is the meal of real connoisseurs of the Eastern cuisine. None of the events in Uzbekistan is held without cooking palov. The Uzbek national cuisine has more than 100 recipes of Uzbek palov, and the technology of its preparation has been perfect for many years. Each region of Uzbekistan is characterized by its method of cooking Uzbek palov.In Uzbekistan there is the ancient legend about origin the word “palov osh”, it is connected to Abu Ali ibn Sino. Long ago the prince fell in love with a beautiful young girl from the poor family. He suffered that could not get married to her. The prince began to wane, he refused to eat meal and water. Then his father invited the famous healer Abu Ali ibn Sino and asked him to find out the reason and recover his heir. Having examined the prince, ibn Sino knew that the reason of the sickness was love. He said that there were two w...

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Legend of khan-atlas
Published: 03 july 2018

Khan-atlas is traditional uzbek fabric, made from dense silk. The fabric has interesting complex netting. And it’s coloring made by natural dyes. There’re a lot of legends about khan-atlas and there’s one of them: Many centuries ago one of Marghilan rulers fell in love with beautiful daughter of a poor artist and wanted to marry her at any cost. Having heard this news, the father of the young beauty was saddened. So he came to the palace and asked the ruler not to marry his daughter. Khan didn’t agree and laid down one condition.  If the artist could create something beautiful and unusual till the next morning, the Khan would forget about his daughter. “It’s impossible” – thought the artists and came out of palace. Saddened, hesat near arik (small channel). At once he saw reflection of cloudsin the water and this reflection was colore...

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Sumalyak
Published: 04 june 2018

  Sumalyak is a festive dish of Uzbek cuisine, prepared from sprouted wheat. As a rule it is prepared during the celebration of Navruz. In ancient time sumalyak was prepared before spring planting. This traditional Uzbek dish is cooked in a kettle on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. It is noteworthy that for the preparation of this dish people use stones. There is a legend, who will find the stone, he must make a wish and it will come true.   There are also several legends about the origin of sumalyak. One of them says: people, who settled in Central Asia, engaged in farming. Once extremely severe cold came in winter, of course people were not ready to such bitter cold. Food stocks run out. People had to gather sprouted wheat grains and cook food from stocks. Having tasted unappetizing dish, defenders of the city felt burst of force and energy, that be...

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Museum of Winemaking at Khovrenko Winery
Published: 17 may 2016

Wine is one of the oldest and popular drinks all over the world. Many called it “a gift of God” because it gives vitality to men and women. Uzbekistan isn’t an exception and locals honor the drink. Arrival of Alexander the Great spurred the development of winemaking in the region. At the same time, it was observed that the grape grown in the territory of Samarkand differ by particularly sweet taste. Winemaking  However, in the VII-VIII centuries, the vineyards were completely cut down, and winemaking was discontinued. Production was revived again in the late XIX century, when the Russian businessman Dmitriy Filatov arrived in Samarkand. He didn’t only produce wine, but also introduce new varieties of grapes. In a short time he was able to assemble a unique collection that had great popularity abroad. Some years later M. Khovrenko continued the work of D. Fi...

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Tashkent in paintings of XIX century
Published: 11 april 2016

We can observe Tashkent in many paintings of artists XIX - XX century. Works of Richard-Karl Karlovich Zommer (1866-1939) deserves special attention. The artist doesn’t hide his admiration and delight and depicts sunny Tashkent, beautiful landscape and shows daily life of local people. Zommer’s art Zommer is the author of a large number of paintings and graphic works that have predominantly genre-ethnographic character. He shows scenes of everyday life of ordinary people, old quarters of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent. The pictures accurately convey the mood and the special atmosphere of the time. Since 1894 his works are exhibited at the St. Petersburg exhibition, as well as at Russian and Tashkent annual exhibitions. Other artists Old Tashkent was clearly expressed in the works of Werbowy, I. Golovin, V. Krylova, V. Rozwadowski, N. Grechaninovv, Kazakov, S. Yudin, N. ...

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Zoomorphic images of Central Asian ceramics
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 16 february 2016

Central Asian ceramics is very popular all over the world. It’s beautifully decorated and also transmits traditions and customs of local people. Central Asian ceramics is of high-level quality – it doesn’t change glitter even after many years. Masters use different images in decoration: simple geometric pattern, a complex plant or interesting zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images. The zoomorphic images Central Asia masters actively use a variety of zoomorphic images. They are fantastic birds with magnificent plumage appearance, small ears and a stripe running from the beak to the back. No less popular motif was the fish (in its external appearance resembling sturgeon), as well as  leopard curved and forked at the end of the tail. Siren is also frequently used image – it’s a bird with a woman's head, which hoisted a strange headdress. It’s pictu...

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Bukhara in famous watercolours
Published: 29 january 2016

Bukhara is a unique city where craft has always been art. There were and are many remarkable artists here and each is working in its own style. Some prefer drawing large canvases, others try to imitate old masters’ work or capture perishing antiquity. Artist Ulugbek Mukhamedov One of the most interesting Bukhara artist is Ulugbek Mukhamedov. He discovered his own path and transfers his own vision of Bukhara, its local people and nature. He creates small watercolours, but they are very deep and make us to ask questions and seek answers on them. Mukhamedov participated in many exhibitions in Uzbekistan and abroad also. Artists of France, USA, Russia and Switzerland know him and his art is highly valued abroad. Ulugbek try to comprehend the very essence and his polysemantic experience helps him to make it. That is why his works is so depth and philosophy. “One image inside the...

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Traditional shoes of XX century in Uzbekistan
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 11 december 2015

Uzbek shoes of XX century were produced by special masters - usto. They used different types of leather, getting it from sheepskin, goat skin and cowhide. The leather for shoes usually was covered with the desired color, decorated with paintings and traditional patterns. Footwear of men The most popular footwear for men was kavush (shoes with high heels and twisted nose). In winter time men put on boots (chorik) with thick but very soft leather. It’s interesting that the popular color of boots was yellow or brown. Lighter boots were made from goat skins. They were fully embroidered with silk threads and had a high heel. But such kind of boots was available only for wealthy young man. Ordinary citizens put on mostly ichigi - boots without a heel with soft soles. Locals call them makhsi and used only with kavush. According to traditions men were taken kavush before entering the house...

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Minaret, a symbol of East
Published: 04 november 2015

Minaret is one of the most interesting and mysterious forms of Oriental architecture. It’s a mandatory element of urban architecture and often is a symbol of the city. The word ‘minaret’ or Arabic ‘minara’ means ‘place where something is lit’, or ‘emanating light’. We are talking about spiritual light that symbolizes human soul. Minarets constructions  Most researchers consider Syria to be the place where minaret first appeared in Islamic architecture. The first minaret was with quadrangular plan and after some time it took more rounded shape. On the territory of Central Asia construction of minarets began after Islam spreading.  But before this time we can also see special towers of different types on the territory of Central Asia. They mostly were the part of the fortress wall. There were also Burji towers in each city wit...

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Gijduvan pottery
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 21 october 2015

Uzbek ceramics is very rich and diverse. It varies greatly depending on the region where it’s producing. Each region has its own school and traditions. The most interesting ceramics is produced in Gijduvan, a district center near Bukhara. It was the ceramics center for many years. Masters from other cities usually come here to study and to know secrets. Gijduvan ceramics For making ceramics Gijduvan masters use exclusively white clay, which is imported from Gozlika (a place near Bukhara). They also add to clay a reed fluff to protect the product from cracking. During firing the fluff completely burn out, forming a cavity. These cavities are required to prevent products cracking at high heat. Gijduvan pottery is recognizable by its greenish-brown color, as well as by figurative painting and abr stains that resembling patterns Uzbek fabrics. Unique patterns There are more than 300 st...

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Eastern turban
Published: 02 october 2015

The most famous head-dress in oriental Muslim countries was turban worn by people of all ages and groups of society. At fist turban used as a protection against the searing sun and wind. But later it became a symbol of Islam and even a sign of the government, so it is put on the head during the coronation. Turban is the main head-dress With the adoption of Islam turban has become a mandatory turban headdress. It was forbidden to visit mosque and tombs without turban. To show reverence and respect at the meeting with Sheikh a man has to remove the turban from his head. In childhood boys wore special children's hats, but later it was changed to turban. Turban could tell almost everything about its owner. Even passers can know about social status of a person, his income and other information by the manner of wearing the turban, its size and color. Thus, the court, emirs, sultans and khans...

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Musical instruments of Temurids
Published: 25 september 2015

During the reign of Amir Temur and Temurids instrumental music was actively developed. Musical instruments were usually used for aesthetic purposes. That’s why viewing platforms were constructed in front of palace’s goals. It was the place where gathered numerous viewers. Musical instruments were used during the military campaigns, appointment of military ranks, religious and hunting activities. Amir Temur was very strict for musicians, checking their professionalism and personally appointing musicians and heads of music groups. At that moment experienced and famous musicians were coming from different countries to Samarkand. Most of them were invited for the exchange of experience. In such condition musical art had been developed at high level. Folk festivals and holidays had been celebrated widely and attracted many locals. Musical instruments The most famous and freque...

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