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Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7th century BC
Date of Inscription: 2001
Location: Asia, Uzbekistan, Samarkand Region
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Description: The historic town of Samarkand has been the intersection and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded as ancient Afrasiab in the 7th century B.C., Samarkand underwent its most momentous growth during the Timurid period (14th-15th centuries). The chief monuments consist of the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda complex and the Gur-Emir ensemble, in addition to Ulugh-Beg's Observatory. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Samarkand population 412,300 in 2005, is the second-largest city in Uzbekistan and the capital of Samarqand Province. Despite its status as the second city of Uzbekistan, the majority of the city's inhabitants are Persian-speaking Tajiks. The city is most noted for its central position on the Asian Silk Road between China and the west. It is located at the altitude of 702 meters. In 2001, UNESCO inscribed the 2750-year-old city on the World Heritage List as Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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