Old Town Walking Tour, Tashkent

Old Town Walking Tour (Self Guided), Tashkent

In 1865, Tashkent became a part of the Russian Empire and it was one of the main trade centres of Turkestan with one or two stored mud-dwellings. The old town was divided into 4 neighborhoods called ‘daha’ and each neighborhood had its leader called ‘hakim’. The historical centre of the old town was the famous Chorsu Bazaar. Take the following walking tour to find out the most interesting landmarks in the old part of Tashkent.
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Old Town Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Town Walking Tour
Guide Location: Uzbekistan » Tashkent (See other walking tours in Tashkent)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chorsu Bazaar
  • Kukeldash Madrese
  • Djuma Mosque
  • Circus
  • Planetary
  • Centre of National Arts
  • Khazrat Imom
Chorsu Bazaar

1) Chorsu Bazaar (must see)

Chorsu Bazaar is also known as Eski Juva Bazaar and is the oldest one not only in Tashkent but in all of Central Asia. It is one of the most visited places in the city, popular among both tourists and locals. The Chorsu Bazaar comprises several buildings that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. It is the largest Bazaar in Central Asia and you must definitely visit it. Here you can find everything, but it is famous for the huge variety of unique handicrafts such as carpets, national dresses, ceramics and many other fascinating art items and souvenirs. The variety of spices, nuts and dried fruits will definitely impress you.
Kukeldash Madrese

2) Kukeldash Madrese (must see)

Kukeldash Madrese is the largest one among the 23 Madreses of Tashkent and one of the oldest in Central Asia; it was built in the 16th century. The Madrese is located near Khora Akhar (Djuma Mosque) on Chorsu hill. Madrese has the name of its constructor Kukeldash, which means the blood brother of the han. Today's Madrese is a reconstructed building, as it was seriously damaged after earthquakes in 1868 and 1886. It is a beautiful building outside and inside, which preserves the history of the city and is a must see landmark of Tashkent.
Djuma Mosque

3) Djuma Mosque

The original building of the first Djuma Mosque (Main Friday Mosque) was built in 1451 by the Khoja Akhrar, who was a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad and a great Sufism master. The Mosque was built on the hill so that it could be seen from all parts of the town. After the terrible earthquake in 1868, the building was seriously damaged, and only after 20 years was it restored; but unfortunately the political situation in the country, which set in with the Atheist Soviet system, led the Mosque to complete devastation. Only in 1997 were all the ruins removed and today’s Djuma Mosque was erected in its place and it dominates the entire old part of the city.

4) Circus

The beautiful building which today houses the circus of Uzbekistan was built in 1976 and is one of the architectural landmarks of Tashkent. The Circus underwent a detailed reconstruction in 1999 and since then it brings joy to children and adults. The talented artists of Uzbek Circus are internationally acclaimed and are winners of many competitions. Visit the Circus with the entire family and there will definitely be something that will amaze you.

5) Planetary

The Planetarium of Tashkent was built in 2003 and is located in the Abdula Kadir Park, near the Circus and famous Chorsu Bazaar. It was opened on the 12th anniversary of the country’s independence. Inside the Planetarium is the latest equipment “Planetary MS-6”, which offers more clear and precise photos that can be seen on the slide shows in the main hall. One can also observe the solar system, the signs of zodiac, Aurora Borealis and comets which will transport you to a completely different world. All the latest discoveries in astronomy can be seen here.
Centre of National Arts

6) Centre of National Arts

Centre of National Arts is located in the beautiful building of the former Gallery of National Dress, just on the crossroads. In the exhibition hall of the centre, you can admire exquisite works of local craftsmen such as handmade national dresses, ceramics and paintings, and you can even attend some master classes. This very popular tourist centre is a great place to get closer to the culture of this enigmatic country.
Khazrat Imom

7) Khazrat Imom

Khazrat Imam, which means ‘Great Imam’, is an entire complex of historical and architectural monuments that was established here during several centuries. The place became sacred afterwards; in 976 Kaffali al Shashi was buried here – one of the most enlightened men of his period. In 1541, a Mausoleum was erected here and it is the oldest building of the Khazrat Imam complex. Also situated here is a beautiful Djuma Mosque with two beautiful minarets at the entrance, each of which is 56 meters tall. For more than 1000 years Khazrat Imam has been the centre of Muslim culture in Uzbekistan.

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