The city of the conquering Timur: Samarkand
The Uzbek city of Samarkand became the capital of an Asian empire under the reign of the red-handed conqueror, Timur Lenk. Though it has not functioned as the country’s foremost city in the last eight decades, the ancient metropolis is well worth the two-hour super-express train trip from Taskent, the new capital. The city offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Eastern culture to the fullest, with its unbelievable scenery, colors and food. Many historical wonders can be seen in Samarkand, especially on the main square, in minarets and mosques and in the exceptionally rich and splendid Registan, where the Islamic religious schools, or madrasas, function. The city also awaits those who wish to go shopping or are looking for exotic food and drinks, providing a wide variety of activities and possibilities for its curious visitors.