Silk Road

Legends of the Silk Road

The history of this historic trade route is full of mystery. Entire peoples have been born and died, civilisations have disappeared and reappeared, travellers have made discoveries, artisans have created …

Ak-Saray Palast in Shahrisabz

Memoirs of Amir Temur – Part I

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. May it be known to all the fortunate children, the powerful relatives, the honourable confidants and viziers that it pleased the …

DIE LEGENDE VON SCHIRAK

The Legend of Shirak

In the seventh century BC, the tribes of the Scythian people who lived to the east along the lower reaches of the Syr Darya attacked Mydia, the base of the …

Heavenly horses of Ferghana

In 104 BC, a 60,000-strong Chinese cavalry was sent to Dawan on the orders of the Tang Emperor Wu-Di. The reason for the start of the war were the Argamaks¹, …

Legend of Mausoleum Daniel

On the banks of a small tributary of the Zerafshan, the Siyab, is a sacred place upon which blessings have descended. According to legend, the remains of Daniel, a biblical …

Legend of Khan Atlas

The ancient legend of Khan-Atlas says: “Once upon a time, a ruler of Margilan fell in love with the daughter of a poor artist and decided to marry her by …

Bread from Samarkand

…There is no tastier bread than pita bread from Samarkand. A real flatbread from Samarkand should be edible for three years. All that is needed is to sprinkle it with …

40 Steps from Shahi Zinda

When you step through the entrance portal of Shahi Zinda, a world full of legends and mysteries opens up before you. Right at the beginning of Shahi Zinda complex, visitors …

Kalon Minor - Bukhara

Legend of Kalon Minaret

Many legends are associated with the tallest minaret in Central Asia, the Kalon Minaret in Bukhara. The Kalon Minaret is called the Great Tower, but it also has another name, …

Abu Mansur al-Maturidi Mausoleum

Legend of Sheikh Maturidi

Legend has it that a holy man once lived in Samarkand – Sheikh Maturidi. He liked the place behind Siyab, but there was no water there. The Sheikh took his …

Ishrat Khana Mausoleum

Legend of Ishratkhona Mausoleum

First Legend of the Ishratkhona Mausoleum One day, in the suburbs of Samarkand, Amir Temur was riding through the cemetery of Hodja Abdi Darun and saw a woman of indescribable …

Legend of Chupan-Ata

According to legend of Chupan-Ata, a cruel king lived more than a thousand years before the Prophet. He gathered an army of one hundred and fifty thousand men and decided …

Gur Emir Mausoleum - Samarkand

Legend of Gur Emir

There is a legend about the jade tombstone of Amir Temur in Gur Emir. The Chinese believe that jade has divine powers, and so a huge slab of jade that …

Mirzo Ulugbek

Legend of Ulugbek Madrasah

A legend of Ulugbek Madrasah, built in the years 1417-1420. This Madrasah was artistically in no way inferior to the buildings of Amir Temur and at the same time far …

Ak-Saray Palast in Shahrisabz

Legend of Amir Temur

The Emir of Shakhrisabz Bekbuwa invited an astrologer to his house one evening and asked him: “Tell me, learned soothsayer, who shall wrest power from me over this land!”. And …

Kunya Urgench - Turkmenistan

State of Khorezm-Shahs

The state of Khorezm-Shahs (Horezm, Turkish; Xorazm, Uzbek; Khwārazm, Persian: خوارزم) is the name of the Central Asian state of Khorezm as it is commonly understood in Oriental studies. It …

Buildings of Merv

Merv is known in history as “Merv ash-Shahidjan” and has ancient buildings. It is said that the citadel (kukhendiz) was built by Tahamurt and the ancient city (medina) by Zu’l-Karnein. …

Margusch - Gonur Depe

Margush – Gonur Depe

The ancient “land of Margush”, mentioned in the ancient Persian cuneiform inscriptions and where Gonur Depe is located, was known in its “early days” as “Mowru” – this name is …

Erk Kala Fortress

Erk Kala Fortress is located on a natural hill 261.9 m above sea level in the historical and cultural park of ancient Merv, 6.3 km northeast of Bayramali town, 4.1 …

Merv - Turkmenistan

History of Merv

The history of the emergence of the first city on the site of ancient Merv dates back to the VII century BC. The city was surrounded by a strong fortress …

Legend of Shahi Zinda

Samarkand – there is no other city in the Orient that equals it in beauty. The best paper in the world is made in Samarkand. A non-handmade paper called “juwaz” …

Shakhrisabz - Uzbekistan

Historical Merits of Amir Temur

Historians point to the two great Merits that the military genius Amir Temur has unwillingly rendered to the peoples of Europe: – Firstly, he indirectly helped Russia to get rid …