Based on the rich local traditions in the 10th-12th century A.D. the expressive and mystifying Islamic architecture took shape in Uzbekistan soon after the establishment of Islam in this country. Uzbekistan Architecture featured art forms from local architectural schools of Bukhara, Samarkand, Khwarazm and Fergana. You will witness varieties of architecture in your Uzbekistan Tours like the portal-domed compositions for mausoleums, khanaqahs, maqsuras, etc., courtyard-iwan structure for Jamie-mosques, madrasahs, rabats and most memorial complexes.
History Of Uzbekistan and its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Termez and Khiva existed on the territory of present Uzbekistan more than 2500 years ago. The territory of Uzbekistan began to be called Mavarannahr after the arrival of the Arabs who brought Islam with them from 8th century A.D. onwards. During the 10th - 12th and 14th 17th centuries the boom of Islamic Architectural Culture Of Uzbekistanwas witnessed.
The following Uzbekistan Places Of Attractions are worth visiting in this stunning country:
Ulugbek Madrasah: Among the Uzbekistan's Top Historical Sites the Ulugbek Madrasah is the only structure conserved in Bukhara in tribute of a great astronomer Ulugbek. The most outstanding architects of ancient times began its construction in 1417. You will find spiral column, star-shaped mosaics and Ulgbek style architecture in this monument.
Samanid Mausoleum: Among many medieval buildings in Bukhara the Samanids Mausoleum is of the best Uzbekistan Tourist Attractions. It is located not far from the Registan square, in the park of Samanids. This world famous masterpiece of architecture was built in the beginning of the 9th
Abdulaziz Khan Madrassa located in the old district of Bukhara is a very well maintained and admirable architecture.
Gur Emir Mausoleum: This beautiful structure is the final resting place of Timur. Here the tombs have onyx slabs. This Gur Emir Mausoleum is a great work consisting of three buildings - The entrance portal, khanaka, madrassahs.
Mosques: The Mosques are an important aspect of Uzbekistan Architecture. They appeared in Central Asia after the Arab conquest in the beginning of the 7th century A.D.
Quarter Mosques: The first of the quarter mosques were originally part of pre-Islamic Architecture In Uzbekistan. According to the testimony of Narshahi, Muslims erected the Mokh mosque in Bukhara at the site of the fire-worshippers‟ This building, named later as MagokiAttory mosque, was reconstructed several times.
Minarets: These are an indispensable attribute of a Friday mosque. These served as watch-towers in times of war and internecine conflict.
Khaziras: Constructed in the 16th -17th centuries were small funerary courtyards. These were distinctive Uzbekistan Architecture inside of which the body of the deceased would be laid out in a saghana, that is, the small extended form of an arch outline.
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There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry