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Afrasiab, Samarkand

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Discover the ancient ruins of Afrasiab, believed to have been occupied from the 6th century BCE to the 13th century, when it was sacked by Mongols led by Genghis Khan. Sprawled across a hilltop, the site now boasts a museum displaying a plethora of archaeological findings, unearthed during the excavations of the ancient city. Step inside to admire an array of relics, including pottery, wall frescoes, weapons, coins, and other artifacts from different eras of the settlement. Plan to visit Afrasiab during your Samarkand vacation using our convenient Samarkand tour planner.
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A major tourist destination, Samarkand offers a wide choice of accommodations, ranging from low-budget guesthouses and small family-run hotels, to business and luxury hotels. Most of the hotels concentrate in the downtown area near the main attractions, with mid-range accommodations in particular located near Bibi Khonyum Mosque. Most small private hotels are reasonably priced, offering traditional Uzbek hospitality, and even budget accommodations will likely feature ethnic design elements. A number of hostels offering basic facilities can be found throughout the city.
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  • Very nicely done small musuem depicting 7th century civilisation in Samarkand. Amazing restoration of wall paintings showing early ambassador visits to city, and relationships with nearby and far east...  more »
  • The museum presents evidence of a seventh century civilization in Samarkand. See the movie first. Without it, it is difficult to get any value out of the exhibits.  more »
  • The museum is small, but its subject, the archeological finds in the old city of Afrasiab, is extremely interesting. There is very little left of pre-islamic art in Uzbekistan and we found that this i...  more »