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Winery in Samarkand
Published: 31 january 2013

 "The truth is hiding in the wine,It is a constant view of mine.Wine may taste bitter as my life,But it can cause a lot of drive.And every morning at the dawnI feel as if I'm on the throne.A crystal glass, and earthenwareAre the only things of which I care!"(arbitrary translation of Omar Khayyam)   And it is the truth, warm and sunny Uzbekistan is a beneficial place for vine growing. Sunny Samarkand, second capital of Uzbekistan, is famous not only for its ancient historical sights, but for vineyards. That promoted opening of the fist winery in Uzbekistan. Thus, the winery was built in Samarkand.Today guests of Samarkand can visit the winery after Prof. M.A.Khovrenko. The winery was opened in 1868. The founder was the Russian entrepreneur D.M.Filatov. He achieved excellent results, and in 1883 on the International fair of wines and brandies in Paris he won the golden medal. La...

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Uzbek ceramics
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 30 january 2013

Ceramics for many centuries has been the most highly developed kind of trade in Central Asia. Slip and not slip ceramics of the leading centers had local features, appearing in peculiarity of forms, ornamental décor and colour. Traditional centers of ceramic, which remained till today, are: Rishtan, Gijduvan, Khiva, Samarkand, Gurumsaray, Shakhrisabz, Urgut, Khorezm and Tashkent.In recent years historically formed centers of ceramics have been revived, the assortment of ceramic products is enlarged (dishes, drinking bowls, cups, vessels for water and milk, different khums for keeping products), their quality becomes better. The masters, having felt the support from the government, enlarge volumes of production for reaching efficiency and competitiveness of their produce.They approach to keep local peculiarities, restore forgotten forms and images. At the same time in the dé...

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Mountains of Uzbekistan
Published: 23 january 2013

Mountains of Uzbekistan refer to the mountain systems of the Western Tien Shan and Southern Tien Shan (Gissar-Alay, including Turkestan, Zaravshan, Gissar, Karategin, Alay ridges).The high of the mountains on the territory of Uzbekistan reaches more than 4000 m., but all picks of 4000 m, high are situated in the boundary regions. For example, Khazrat-Sultan Pick – the highest point in Uzbekistan (4643 m.) in Gissar ridge, located in Surhandarya region borders on Tajikistan. Adelung Pick (4301 m.) is the highest point in Pskem ridge and borders on Kyrgyzstan, as well as Beshtor Pick (4299 m.).The huge and compound mountain system of Central Asia belongs to the highest mountain systems of Europe and Asia mountain ranges. The range crosses the whole Eurasian continent from West to East. The Tian Shan and the Pamir-Alay mountain systems are included to its central and highest part, so ...

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Samarkand bread
Published: 16 january 2013

Samarkand flat bread is famous for its inimitable in its taste and features not to get stale for a long time. Real Samarkand bread should be eligible during three years. So, one should sprinkle the bread with water and warm it in tandyr (clay stove, where flat bread is baked). In modern conditions one can do it with the help of the microwave or common stove.It was known that the Bukharian emir liked Samarkand bread. Once he puzzled his courtiers and ordered that Samarkand bread to be baked in his court.So, the best bread baker was asked in Samarkand. “Emir ordered to come!”, hi was brought to the palace, “now you will bake bread here”. He had to implement the order.But, how the master tried, the bread did not turn out so taste, so soft, as he baked in Samarkand.Bread baker thought, that the matter was in Samarkand flour, or in Samarkand water, but may be in the ta...

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Origin of the name Samarkand
Published: 16 january 2013

 There is no the unquestionable name of the ancient city of the planet. The encyclopaedist Beruniy and the scientist Makhmud Koshgariy discussed about the name Samarkand in XI century. There are many versions. They are all based on the linguistic suppositions, records about Samarkand in the chronicles and written sources of different times and nations, legends.Assuming that the name of the city consists of two words, people resorted to the simplest explanation, linking these two words with two proper names or with one, and under the intended interpretation they summed the legendary foundation.There is a version that Samar dug a spring here and drained it, soon near the spring many people lived and gradually the town appeared. The thankful citizens called the settlement “Samarkand”, that means “Samar dug”.It is also said that the town is so called by the name ...

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Legend about Minaret Kalyan
Published: 15 january 2013

Minaret Kalyan is the main symbol of holly Bukhara.Minaret Kalyan is strong, majestic and balanced in its monumental and a little bit massive shapes. At the same time it is distinct, clear and filigree fine worked in all details. Its proportions, divisions are of big taste.During many centuries minaret Kalyan survived all earthquakes, which destroyed many tall constructions in Uzbekistan. The secret of its stability is in empirically right found correlations of the parts of the building, in the construction of its fundament, in a good quality of the brickwork.There are notes on its three belts: date of construction – 1127, name of the donor – ruler of Bukhara Arslankhan and the name of the constructor – usto Bako.There are many legends about Minaret Kalyan. The name is translated as “Big tower”, “Tower of death”. In ancient times many people were...

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