A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Now you are going to travel to the city of Tashkent in the sunny Uzbekistan and see its architecture, some places of interest, local people, colorful markets and some more.

Tashkent is 2200 years old, its population is about 2,5 million people. The name of the city is translated as “a stone city”.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

For some reason local road policemen always shake your hand to greet you.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

There are a lot of ticket offices and drug stores in the city. It seems that citizens of Tashkent always travel and fall ill, fall ill and travel… By the way, signs are often written in Latin.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This is their TV tour.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

We enter the building.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

The feature of the TV tower design allows the central core to move, which is very reasonable for the area of high seismic activity.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

The city can be viewed from there.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

That aqua park does not work in winter.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

There are no many cars in Tashkent, though the roads are good. They often have problems with petrol and people often stand for five or six hours at fuelling stations.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Here they hold tennis competitions.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

They have a restaurant here too, but it doesn’t seem to be popular.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This is “Art-Bazar” – a market of Tashkent. Recently, the President of Uzbekistan abolished taxes on handicraft business, which led to a surge of national handicrafts.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Did you know that each smallest pattern has its own meaning?

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Thick brows are a symbol of beauty.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

These are stands for the Koran. According to the tradition it cannot be placed lower than a navel of a sitting person. These stands are fully made from wood and resulted from long and complicated work.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

These are homemade carpets. The maximum quantity of knots on one square cantimeter is 750!

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This one is made from horse skins.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Twelve types of wood to make one backgammon!

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This fountain is in the center of the market.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Hast Imam Square is the religious center of the city. The ensemble of the buildings – mosques and tombs – formed around the mausoleum of the first Imam and preacher of Islam in Tashkent. The square was called in his honor.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

These bricks are ancient. Masters who made it marked their work with stripes with their fingers.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

It’s one of the rooms inside the mausoleum.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Nearby are old districts with closed streets. When a street is closed by a dwelling house from above it is called “basturma”. A bench can be often found in the end of such street where one can sit and rest.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This is how the walls of the houses look from outside.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Inside they look differently. Such houses are mobile and have more chances to survive an earthquake.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

“Arabeski” is a national pattern – a composition of geometric and floral designs. It is very very old and they still cannot reveal the secret of ancient glazes these patterns were painted with. The modern one fades in the sun in some years, the ancient one keeps its color for centuries.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

Before entering the main mosque people have to take their shoes off.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

The Muslims pray five times a day – the first prayer takes place early in the morning, the second one – at 1 p.m. Each time they adjust time manually.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

They have an individual washer for everyone, they can enter only being clean.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

The main square of Tashkent is Mustakilik – the Square of Independance. It is full of symbolism too.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

For example, this monument of independance and humanism: the white stripe is a symbol of newly married couples – a wish of happy family life. Mother is the symbol of the motherhood, the baby is the symbol of future. The map of Uzbekistan on the globe is the symbol of a new state in the world community.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This memorial is devoted to the victims of WWII.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

In general 1 400 000 Uzbeks (each forth) went to the war, 400 000 of them never came back. All their names are listed here.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

The streets are very clean.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This is the Monument of Courage dedicated to the earthquake of 1966. 36 000 houses were destroyed and 300 thousand people were left homeless.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

This is a German restaurant.

A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan

There people can eat in cosy separate rooms.

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10 thoughts on “A Tour to The Capital of Uzbekistan”

  1. See how that works out? Lower taxes, more business, more prosperity, more income for the government. Why can’t liberals see that?

    • Does that really make sense to you? Lower taxes = more money for the government? Do you know what taxes actually do? Or did you ignore that part when you were in school?

      • Sean…does that NOT make sense to you? That by abolishing taxes on a certain good or service, that good or service will see an increase in demand, more people will go into business providing it, and they will pay more in income taxes then they otherwise would have? It’s pretty simple to understand and well known economic principle. Or did you ignore that part when you were in school?

    • Don’t be so eager too espouse the values of their tax policy when it suits your conservative agenda. Taxation also is progressive in Uzbekistan. The more you earn the higher the percentage you pay in taxes. Residents and resident corporations pay taxes based on their worldwide income as well. And while many items and services are excluded they also have a 20% VAT. It’s not exactly a conservative tax policy haven.

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