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Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is over 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture and the striking Poi-Kalyan minaret. A large number of 17th-century madrasas have remained intact.


The historic city of Samarkand is a crossroads and melting pot of cultures from around the world. The city was founded in the 7th century BC as ancient Afrasiab. The most important monuments in the city are the Registan mosque and madrassas, the Bibi-Khanu mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda and Gur-Emir complexes and the Ulugh-Beg's observatory. Although these monuments have been lovingly restored, some of the medieval features have not withstood the wear and tear of time. A significant part of the city however has remained intact, including a number of stunning traditional houses.

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