) is the third largest city in Uzbekistan
, located some 20 km to the south-east from Charkhin
, 80 km north-west of Tajikistan border. The capital city Tashkent
is in 350 km to the north-east. The population is about 319,400 people in accordance with the 2009 census. Samarkand is a popular tourist destination thanks to its mausoleums and mosques.
The nearest airport Samarkand (IATA: SKD) is about 10 km away.
Places to see in Samarkand
Mausoleo di Bibi-Khanym (Ўзбек: Bibixonim madrasasi) is a tourist attraction, one of the Mausoleums in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It is located: 32 km from Dzhambay, 600 km from Dushanbe, 780 km from Tashkent.
Bibi-Khanym Mosque (Persian: مسجد بی بی خانم) is a famous historical mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, whose name comes from the wife of 14th-century ruler, Amir Timur.
The Ulugh Beg Observatory is an observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Built in the 1420s by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg, it is considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world at the time and the largest in Central Asia before it was destroyed in 1449.
The Gur-e Amir (فارسی. گور امیر) is the mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Tamerlane (also known as Timur) in Samarkand (now in Uzbekistan). It occupies an important place in the history of Islamic Architecture as the precursor and model for the great Mughal tombs of Humayun in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur's descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India. It has been heavily restored.
Khodja-Doniyor-Mausoleum (Ўзбек: Xoja Doniyor maqbarasi) is a tourist attraction, one of the Mausoleums in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It is located: 27 km from Dzhambay, 600 km from Dushanbe, 780 km from Tashkent.
Shah-i-Zinda (فارسی. شاه زنده meaning " The Living King" ) is one of the world-known necropolis of Central Asia, which is situated in the north-eastern part of Samarkand (today's Uzbekistan).
The Registan was the heart of the ancient Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The name Registan (ریگستان) means " Sandy place" in Persian.
Samarqand vokzali is a tourist attraction, one of the Interesting buildings in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It is located: 27 km from Charkhin, 620 km from Dushanbe, 790 km from Tashkent.
If you have already seen Samarkand, there are still plenty of things to do on the outskirts of the city. If you are around, try one of the following places:
If you're interested in some photographs of Samarkand - take a look at our gallery