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Tashkent

Tashkent (Toshkent or Тошкент in Uzbek, Ташке́нт in Russian; its name is Turkoman language for "Stone City" It is the current capital of Uzbekistan, has in the past been called Chach, Shash and Binkent. For centuries it was an important stop on the trade route (the Silk Road) from Asia into Europe. Population (1999): 2,142,700.

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Geography

Tashkent is located at Template:Coor dm. The local time in Tashkent is UTC/GMT +5 hours.

Sights

The Historical Museum in Tashkent
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The Historical Museum in Tashkent

Due to the destruction of many of its historical buildings after the 1917 revolution and, later, to the strong earthquake in 1966, much of Tashkent's architectural heritage is now lost. Still in existence, however, is the 16th century Kukeldash Madrassa, which is currently being restored as a museum. It dates back to the reign of Abdullah Khan (1557-1598) and now is administered by the provincial Religious Board of Mawarannahr Moslems. The building is currently being used as a mosque.

During the 19th century Nikolai Romanov, a grandson of Nicholas I of Russia was banished to Tashkent and died and is buried there. His palace still survives in the centre of the city near Mustaqillik Maidoni.

Transportation

Tashkent has a modern metro system, the only one in Central Asia, in addition to buses and other means of public transport.

Miscellaneous

The city boasts of:

See also

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