Places to Visit
Tashkent is known to be the modern capital of Uzbekistan, which has not preserved historical landmarks compared to the other regions like Samarkand, Khiva, or Bukhara but it has its own sights for travellers and locals to see. One of them is the Tashkent Metro which is the first underground transport in Central Asia. Tashkent Metro began its building after the disaster earthquake in 1966. According to its planning, the metro should connect to the center of the city with other populated districts of Yunusobod. Tashkent Metro currently has 29 stations and each station has its own unique architectural features made up of marble, granite, glass, smalt, art ceramics, carved alabaster, ganch and other interiors.
Rising 375m above the city, Tashkent's TV Tower is the tallest structure in Central Asia. It took six years to complete, starting in 1979 and was, until 1991, the third-highest tower in the world. This structure was built by D Semashko and N Terziev-Tzarukova, who was entrusted with designing an architecture capable of withstanding earthquakes of up to 9.0 on the Richter scale. Both of the architectures had made the structure by using the lattice-style trunk backed by three inclined slips, which maintains the steadiness of the building and offers an appearance of lightness.
Back in 1927, the first exhibition of artworks by artists of Uzbekistan was held in The Museum of Applied Art of Uzbekistan. The museum was once named ‘Museum of Handicrafts’ in 1997 and currently it acquired the name State Museum of Applied Art of Uzbekistan. The Museum of Applied Arts comprises over 7,000 collections of applied arts related to ancient traditions and schools from the start of the 19th century to the present day, such as handmade embroidery, tubeteika (skull-caps), jewellery, carpets, and other forms of artistry.
The Minor Mosque is among one of the beautiful landmarks in Tashkent which can be found in the new parts of the city located at the embankment of the channel Ankhor. With its unique structure and exterior, the turquoise dome appears to be invisible under the blue sky. Minor Mosque is also located close by of a few known buildings such as UzExpoCentre Exhibition Centre and Hotel International Tashkent. It opens on the eve of Eid holiday, and is one of the popular spots for evening strolls among locals.
Independence Square, also known as Mustakillik Square, is situated in the center of Tashkent city and it is known as one of the favourite landmarks among the locals. Independence Square surely has its own history just like any other places in Tashkent. Back in 1865, there was a palace named Kokand-Khan. Commanded by the Russian administration, the construction of a residence for a Turkestan Governor-General was built and the Kokand khanate was liquidated. Afterwards, the said residence was later named the White House. Currently, the place is used to hold festive events such as Uzbekistan Independence Day and New Years.