Islam Karimov Foundation


One of the crown jewels of world civilization, Samarkand is a city that has gained worldwide fame thanks to its magnificent and awe-inspiring architectural masterpieces and beautiful vistas. The impressive blue domes of the Bibi Khanym Mosque, the spectacular grandeur of the Registan Square, the gleaming and intricate mosaic façades of the Shah-e Zinda necropolis and the amazing interior of the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum embody the incredible charm of Oriental architecture and are rightly regarded as some of the most beautiful gems of man-made beauty.

Located at the crossroads of the legendary Great Silk Road, Samarkand – a city steeped in legend and history, dating back some 2,700 years – has throughout the centuries served as a focal point for cultural exchange and a symbol of intellectual achievement.

The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.