Shakhrisabz is among the most vividly colorful and beautiful cities in Uzbekistan. Not far from Samarkand, this city offers a small, traditional Uzbek town feeling away from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of big cities. Renowned for being the birthplace of Amir Timur, Shakhrisabz boasts of housing some of the most prominent architectural sites in Uzbekistanbesides providing a garden-esque tranquil atmosphere.

History Of Shakhrisabz

Founded way back 2,700 years ago, it is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Back then, it went by the name of Kesh, and as per some records, it was also briefly called Nautaca. Formerly a part of Achaemenid Empire which was the first Persian Empire, it was an important urban center of a major province within the empire known as Sogdiana. During this period the city’s walls got renovated.In 710, this city came under the rule of Arab invaders who ruled extensively till the 12th to 13th century. In the 13th Century following the Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia, the region was then ruled by Barlas tribe.

But one thing where Shakhrisabz stands out and becomes attention grabbing is being the birthplace of Amir Timur, the founder of the Timurid Empire. The city enjoyed considerable patronage of Timur. He had plans of constructing numerous tombs and institutions in the city and even initiated the process, but shortly after much of the activity shifted to Samarkand. Otherwise today the lesser-known Shahrisabz might have been one of the biggest cities in Uzbekistan.

Things To Do In Shakhrisabz

As it is just 30 Km away from Samarkand, which itself is renowned for accommodating numerous historical sites, there are some of the prominent historical sites painstakingly preserved which you can explore. Many of these sites are now listed under UNESCO tentative list.

Historical Sightseeing InShahrisabz:

Besides the above constructions, you can also find more modern establishments like the Mirhamid, Chubin, Kunduzar, and Kunchibar mosques which have a modern touch to them. You’re always free to take a trip to nearby Samarkand which is just 30 Km away from here, or arrange a dual city tour with Samarkand before commencing your Uzbekistan trip.