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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  • August 15, 2017
    The museum is a fair walk from most other sights and the main city but the central fresco is a must see, worn but beautiful.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Afrasiab is the ancient name of Samarkand and the museum of history of the city is also called with this name. You may not like it if you are not a lover of history, The museums has originnal frescos ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Interesting Museum. It looks fast, but equally worthwhile. In reality, if you like the history of the country, closely follow the memory of Samarkand, this Museum brings you precisely to the vestiges of the primitive Afrosiab, founded between the territories VI-VII BC is filled with people right away and sometimes hard to navigate there. There is a mosaic restored in good condition and you'll also see utensils, archaeological remains, etc. You can enjoy some paintings, some in better shape than others and the system of pipes used by those inhabitants of Afrosiab. The Museum opened in 1970 and is one of the places featured on every visit
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