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Premier Luxury Mountain Resort , Bansko

Hotel rating:

Value for money: | 4.3 out of 5
Location: | 4.6 out of 5
Staff/service: | 4.4 out of 5
Rooms/accommodation: | 4.0 out of 5
Food: | 4.4 out of 5
Entertainment: | 3.9 out of 5

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hotel overview:

Premier Luxury Mountain Resort introducing an exclusive mix of luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, superior wellness and spa facilities, and excellent 5-star services. Unique in the Bansko area. The hotel has 111 stylish rooms and suites are now separated in 4 distinct categories that are sure to offer your customers the “PREMIER” accommodation experience. Smart Collection This selection of rooms offers quality accommodation in various room types enjoying views to hotel surroundings and Pirin Mountains. This is the standard accommodation option offering basic facilities to smart travelers. In room treatment includes bottle of water and fruit basket on the arrival day. Executive Collection The Executive Collection consists of a wide variety of fully renovated rooms and suites that offer great views to the mountain and/or hotel surroundings. This Collection is the ideal choice for the discerning international clientele. In room treatment includes a bottle of wine, a bottle of water and fruit basket on the arrival day. Residence Collection Perched on the top floor, the Residence all-suite collection redefines luxury and style. From the modern two-storey loft design to the butler service, every detail is carefully planned to ensure absolute comfort and indulgence. These Residence Lofts feature floor-to-ceiling windows, providing views to hotel’s surroundings, with some of them facing the mountains. In room treatment includes a bottle of sparkling wine, a bottle of water, fruit basket and sumptuous snacks daily prepared by our chef. Premier Collection PREMIER is the finest hotel in Bansko and PREMIER room collection is the first choice of the sophisticate traveler to that trendy mountain resort. A signature club of elegant suites is at the top tier of accommodation that blends a revitalized sense of hospitality with luxury, relaxation, warmth and genuine personal service, accompanied by the dramatic views to the Pirin slopes and foothills. In room treat

Location:

PREMIER, is located where the foothills of the Pirin Mountains begin to rise; this stylish hotel of 111 deluxe rooms and lavish suites has a distinct residential style and yet in character with the alpine ambiance; an ideal choice for holidays year-round, an exciting retreat for ski and mountain sport fans, a hideaway for romantic breaks, a sanctuary for nature lovers, a supreme accommodation for family holidays, a hotel that is equally appealing to guests looking for a relaxing spa and rejuvenating experience yet also for inspiring and memorable stay.

Address: 11 Karamanitza str., Gramadeto area, Bansko 2770, Bansko

Distance to ski lift: 630m
Distance to center: 1.3km
Distance to airport: 160 km to Airport Sofia
Distance to bus station: 2km

hotel facilities:

Airconditioning in the hotel: yes
Safe in the rooms: yes, free
Wi-Fi internet in the hotel: yes, free
Wi-Fi internet in the rooms: yes, free
Reception: 24 hours
Elevator: yes

Rooms and Accommodation:

At Premier Luxury Mountain Resort all room types are tastefully decorated and fully furnished, ensuring each guest the highest level of comfort and tranquility.

Senior Suite The perfect way to experience the all-suite PREMIER collection, with magnificent views of the forest all set against the glorious backdrop of Pirin Mountain. With its stylish ambience, decorated in dark wood accents and touches of warm colors, this one-bedroom suite is ideal for those wishing to experience five-star travel in Bansko, perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway with style. The Senior Suite is a supreme choice for those need extra space, as it features separate bedroom and living room, always enriched by Premier Collection services. Decorated with vivid colors, enhanced by the majestic views of the snow-covered or green slopes of Mount Pirin and enriched by the ample space to relax, the Senior Suite creates a vacation to be remembered. Occupancy: 2 adults Room size 56m2

Elegance Suite Spacious open plan suite overlooking the hotel surroundings and Pirin Mountain picks, the Elegance Suite offers the elite experience of the PREMIER luxury hospitality. Gracefully decorated, the Suite creates a romantic ambience for memorable experiences; is ideal for couples seeking to relax in style, in 40m2 of lavish and luxurious living quarters. Enjoy your personal sanctuary in your bathroom and unwind in your deep soaking bathtub with signature BVLGARI bath tea bags. Expand your excitement, create new memories and customize your stay with the professional help of PREMIER’s concierge team. Occupancy: 2 adult Room size 56m2

Honeymoon Suite The Honeymoon Suite is a private sanctuary for couples in love in the serenity of the captivating Pirin Mountain. The highlight of the Honeymoon Suite is the indoor Jacuzzi bathtub and lounge area offering endless hours of relaxation and amorousness. Enjoy amazing views to the forest while sipping champagne soaking in your hot tub. The lavish bathroom experience is completed with luxury Bvlgari cosmetic set, full marble line sink and a walk-in rain shower. For a total holistic holiday experience, guests may experience selective spa therapies and massages in the privacy of their suite. Relish peacefully romantic moments indulging in crisp white linen on a plush bed. Unwind and rejoice with the panoramic view of the iridescent and sunset colors reflecting on the mountain peak. The sensational black details add elegance to the scenery and the imposing chandeliers create a romantic ambiance worth remembering forever! Celebrate special occasion with in-room candle light dining experience, at the inspiring suite dining area, highlighting the picture-perfect views over the mountain.. Occupancy: 2 adults Room size 73m2

Prestige Suite The classic design reminiscent of a mountain chalet makes this Suite ideal for a family or a group of friends who want to share their vacation. The sumptuous living and dining area with the floor-to-ceiling windows, striking hardwood floors and upscale fabrics create an inviting atmosphere. This unique accommodation offers 95m² of classic elegance with two bedrooms on the upper floor with a luxurious bathroom featuring a corner bathtub and BVLGARI vanity toiletries. Occupancy: 4 adults Room size: 115m2

Luxury Loft 510-511 Open the door to a world of extravagance with a stay in the Luxury Loft, one of the finest one bedroom marionettes of PREMIER hotel. Charmingly designed, they evoke a sense of opulence in all living spaces, welcoming guests to surrender to the purity of luxury. Featuring the bedroom on a separate floor from the living room ensures the absolute privacy and comfort of the guests. These lofts are the ideal choice for couples, who want to enjoy privacy with a loft accommodation that exquisitely blends the homely feel with upscale on site amenities, ensuring a stay beyond imagination. Occupancy: 2 adult Room size : 74m2

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Family Manor The Family Manor is an ideal choice for a family as it boasts all comforts and amenities that set the standard at PREMIER. This Suite features a beautifully appointed master bedroom and a secondary childrens bedroom with twin beds; both situated on the top floor along with a bathroom. The elegantly decorated bedrooms enjoy the starry nights from the skylights above the beds; evoking an ambiance of blissful romance. The Family Manor is completed with unpretentious refinement by the living and dining area in the main level in a contemporary decoration Italian style furniture, where the family can enjoy quality time together. Occupancy: 2 adult and 2 children Room size: 112m2

Mountain Suite Most hotel suites boast about balconies, private pools, and floor-to-ceiling windows, but the Ultimate Premier Spa suite, has a whirlpool bathtub with stunning vistas to brag about. A suite with a bathroom located to turn something as ordinary as a restroom into an unforgettable experience; an Instagram-worthy view, as the bathtub sits in front of wide windows to capture the serenity and mystic of Pirin peaks. This one bedroom suite, perfectly exhibits the ease of combining rest with enjoyment, in an inimitable romantic ambience drenched with luxury, snow and sun during your entire stay. Stylish, modern design feature textures of white and beige, putting the emphasis on colorful artwork and signature mountain views. In order to further enhance the holistic holiday experience, guests can experience a selective spa therapies and massages in their privacy. This Ultimate suite incorporates separate living and sleeping areas for added privacy and comfort. Private music and film in room collection compliments the ultimate experience of luxury along with the full marble bathroom with glass shower, offering luxury Bvlgari toiletries. Occupancy: 2 adult Room size : 59 m2

Pirin Suite Rest and relax along the slopes of Pirin Mountain, gazing at the foothills from the comfort of a Pirin suite at the five-star PREMIER hotel. An entrance hall divides the spacious master and secondary bedrooms with the living room area. Decorated in dark wood paneling and accents of black and yellow, blissfully combines Art Deco glamour with modern style. Recreating the feel of a fabulous apartment, Pirin has two bedrooms , a master marble bathroom with a deep bath, deluxe Bvlgari toiletries and a second guest restroom. Living room area is ideal to relax and entertain with the private film and music collection, or to enjoy afternoon tea with pastries exclusively prepared by the Executive chef for the guest of this signature suite. Pirin Suite has everything expected of one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Bansko, blending comfort and contemporary style with luxury. Occupancy: 4 adult or 2 adult &2 children – all in private bedrooms Room size: 70m2

Junior Suite Spacious one bedroom suite with classic charm; a foyer leading to a sitting area furnished with a sofa, armchairs and tea table in a soothing natural palette. Suites have balconies with views to hotel surrounding area and town of Bansko. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra 1 adult or 2 children in a sofa bed Room size 53-56m2

Junior Suite Mountain View Spacious one bedroom suite with modern décor. Ideal for the traveler who enjoys indulgence and relaxation in equal measures. A foyer leading to a sitting area furnished with a sofa, armchairs and tea table in a soothing natural palette. Suites have balconies or patios, with striking views to Pirin slopes and forest. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra 1 adult or 2 children in a sofa bed Room size 46-56m2

Family Suite with Mountain View This is the perfect suite to accommodate a family! It offers two separate bedrooms, with a double bed and bunk bed respectively and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. The spacious living room also features a dining table creating a perfect area for enjoying private meals and family activities with amazing view to the Pirin Mountain and forest. Occupancy: 2 adult & 2 children – all in private bedrooms Room size 60-63m2

Executive Suite Nicely appointed suites with welcoming, residential ambience; offering modern day comfort, enjoying views of the hotel surrounding areas and partial views of the city of Bansko. The master bedroom features a private balcony and an en-suite bathroom with wash-hand basin and shower cabin; while the second bathroom can be accessible from both bedrooms and features a deep soak bathtub. The guests will appreciate the relaxation of the two bedrooms, separated from the living room for added comfort and convenience. Occupancy: 4 adult or 2 adult &2 children plus extra 1 adult or 2 children in a sofa bed Room size: 80m2

Superior Room Experience the beauty of a Superior Room at PREMIER. Spacious rooms decorated in contemporary style with wooden furnishing offering views of the town of Bansko and hotel surrounding area. Each room features a comfortable double or twin beds and a relaxing sitting area with a coffee table with armchairs to enjoy your breakfast or reading material. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra person accommodated in a rollaway bed Room size 31-41m2

Alpine Executive Room Experience the majestic views of Pirin slopes and forest of Bansko, one of the trendiest ski and mountain resorts in Europe. Decorated with a unique approach to luxury, these spacious rooms feature fine furnishings and fabrics. Enjoy drinks in the cozy sitting area gazing out the windows for all season mountain views. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra person accommodated in a rollaway bed Room size 36-56m2

Superior Suite This chique, urban, woody interior suite makes for a most refined stay. Designed to provide a luxurious atmosphere; “a home away from home”. The separate bedroom and living room, complimented by a newly renovated bathroom, is reminiscent of an exquisite mountain holiday experience, in all seasons. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra 1 adult or 2 children in a sofa bed Room size 31-63m2

Alpine Suite Modern suite accommodation, compliments your relaxing holidays in Bansko. Inspired by the calm stillness of nature and PREMIER attention to detail, Alpine Suite invites you to relax in comfort and enjoy serene views of the mountains. Savor your room’s warm color palette. Customize your stay in your bedroom with mood lighting and experience PREMIER holidays with your loved ones in your separate living room area. Occupancy: 2 adult plus extra 1 adult or 2 children in a sofa bed Room size 56-60m2

Deluxe Suite Contemporary decorated, these opulent suites of two separate bedrooms and living room area feature fine furnishings and fabrics and captures the feel of PREMIER concept of hospitality. From the windows, you’ll enjoy views of the town of Bansko and the hotel’s surrounding area, whilst the large living room is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with family and friends or even dine in the privacy of your comfort. The master bedroom offers a double bed, while the second bedroom comes with twin beds. Occupancy: 4 adult or 2 adult & 2 children – all in private bedrooms Room size 68-81m2

The two-storey two-bedroom loft is the perfect choice for couples who want to spend their holidays in Bansko in a spacious and comfortable apartment (72 m2). The apartments in this collection are also ideal for groups of friends (up to 4 people) who long for privacy and comfort after a long and active day at the ski center.

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Grand Residence Discover the grandeur of mountain holidays in this ideal retreat for a group of friends or large families seeking for cool holidays in Bansko. Create magical memories, as the Suite encompasses 175sq.m of indoor living space, a truly opulent residence with two storey’s and three bedrooms providing privacy for a group of 6 guests. A master living room area in the main level with all you can ask for to enhance your entertainment, large screen TV, sound system, game consoles both for children and adults lovers of gaming. Separate bedrooms with two bathrooms enrich the quality of the stay and level of service; the skylights above the bed and views of the starry nights is an extra highlight enhancing your stay in the Grand Residence. Occupancy: 4 adult Room size 138 m2

The Penthouse Suite Experience the quintessential lifestyle in the “one and only” Penthouse Suite that spares no detail for the ultimate luxury in accommodation. Located on the top floor, the two level opulent Penthouse Suite presents a breathtaking panoramic view of Bansko and the sparkling Pirin skyline. The perfect mountain retreat; boasts an impeccable design, spacious layout and every amenity one could wish for. Furnished with custom-designed pieces, handcrafted rugs, stunning Italian design furnishing, all tied together by a chocolate-brown color scheme accented with luminous brushed gold and deep red accessories The Suite’s staircase leads to a large master bedroom with a plush bed; that features upholstered silk walls and a spacious en suite bathroom. Equally stunning is the second bedroom using a soft palette of creams and gold décor with an adjoining bathroom that features a whirlpool bathtub, an extension to the relaxation created by the tranquility of bedroom forest vistas. The upper floor is ideally completed with a wood-paneled study that provides an elegant working environment for business travelers. Combining the classic glamour with the serenity of the Pirin slopes , the Penthouse Suite is simply sublime, ideal for guests looking for extravagant comfort. Offering a true sense of luxury and space is arguably the most impressive, soothing and stylish in the area. Occupancy: 4 adults Room size: 136m2

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Автобус №284
Маршрутное такси №266

В двадцати восьми километрах от армянской столицы, в живописном месте Котайкской области над долиной реки Азат возвышается единственный сохранившийся в Армении языческий храм Гарни. Точные пропорции, симметричность, ионические колонны здания, изящная резьба — всё это поражает воображение и не может оставить равнодушным ни одного туриста.

История комплекса

Этот необыкновенный памятник армянской истории впервые упоминается в первой половине I века н. э. Историки считают, что возведение храма началось по приказу тогдашнего царя Трдата I. Здание было построено в честь бога солнца.

В качестве строительного материала использовался гладкотесанный базальт. Двухметровые блоки крепились с помощью скоб и штырей.

В храм ведут девять тридцатисантиметровых ступеней. Такая высота выбрана неслучайно. Ведь быстро подняться по ним не выйдет. Подъём потребует времени и сосредоточенности на текущем моменте. Вот и получается, что даже высокий человек, поднимаясь, как бы преклоняется перед величественным зданием.

Здание обрамляют двадцать четыре столба (пилона). Как вы уже догадались, это тоже не случайность. Двадцать четыре символизирует количество часов в сутках. Все пилоны украшены изображениями атлантов: могучие титаны стоят на колене, а руками поддерживают жертвенники.

Несмотря на то, что здание представляет собой образец эллинистической архитектуры, в мелких деталях нашло отражение и местное искусство. В орнаменты акантового листа, так полюбившегося грекам (считали, что акант растет только на могилах героев, отсюда и такое повышенное внимание), включены и армянские мотивы: виноград, гранат.

Много изящной резьбы можно увидеть при входе в здание. Если идти дальше через сени, можно оказаться в небольшом святилище. Когда-то здесь находилась статуя бога Митры.

Иногда она становилась центральной фигурой «мистического спектакля», устраиваемого местными жрецами. В определенное время суток солнечные лучи, падая сквозь отверстие в крыше здания на отполированный камень, отражались, тем самым освещая монумент. Жрецы истолковывали происходящее как чудо Божественного Солнца.

Следует отметить, что в своём первоначальном виде древний армянский храм не дошёл до наших дней. На его век выпало много печальных событий. Одно из таких — сильное землетрясение, произошедшее в 1679-ом году. От здания, простоявшего тысячу пятьсот лет, остались одни руины. В 1966-ом начались работы по его восстановлению, длившиеся десять лет. Эта кропотливая работа была поручена архитектору А. А. Саиняну.

Как гласит история, однажды святилище спасла женщина по имени Хосровдухт. Это была сестра царя Трдата III. Он намеревался снести языческое здание, однако поддался на просьбы сестры не разрушать священное для нее место.

Языческий храм представляет собой лишь часть дворцово-исторического комплекса, в который, кроме него, входят развалины бани, царского дворца и остатки крепости.

Последняя была построена для защиты от иноземных нашествий.

За те долгие годы, что крепость перестраивалась (а происходило это в античную эпоху и даже частично в средние века), она стала полностью неприступной. Сооружение спасало и защищало жителей от набегов иноземных врагов целую тысячу лет.

Армянским правителям нравилось это место не только своей неприступностью, но и благоприятным климатом. Именно поэтому крепость превратилась еще и в летнюю резиденцию царей.

Дополнительное укрепление крепости создавали и природные условия — река Азат, склоны и глубокое ущелье. Последнее примечательно своими склонами, которые кажутся искусственными. У них даже появилось своё поэтическое название — «Симфония камней».

К сожалению, крепостные стены были разрушены захватчиками. Сейчас мы можем видеть лишь восстановленную стену с расширенными воротами.

Как добраться

Историко-архитектурный комплекс находится недалеко от посёлка Гарни.

Добраться сюда можно на автомобиле. Из центра Еревана нужно проехать по шоссе Севан 3,7 км до Нор Норка. Затем следует проехать ещё 1,8 км, после чего свернуть налево. Езжайте так 2,5 км до тех пор, пока не увидите поворот направо. Зигзагообразная дорога приведёт вас в Гарнийскую долину, где и находится древний армянский храм.

Для выносливых туристов есть другой маршрут — пеший. Начинается он от парка Комсомола: Нор-Ареш-Шорбулаг-Ацаван. Длительность пути — 20 км. Этот маршрут займёт у вас около двух суток, тогда как на автомобиле вы доберётесь за день.

Также можно воспользоваться общественным транспортом. Из Еревана до Гарни ходит автобус № 284, маршрутка № 266. От пр-та Маштоца в Гарни можно добраться на маршрутке № 51. Интервал движения транспорта — каждый час. Путь занимает около получаса. Стоимость проезда до Гарни — 250 драмов. После остановки вам нужно будет пройти еще метров 500, прежде чем вы попадёте в комплекс.

Однако учтите, что первый транспорт из города отправляется в 11.00, а самый последний автобус из Гарни — в 19.30.

Любители удобства и комфорта могут доехать на такси. Путь туда и обратно обойдётся в 10 тысяч драмов (сумма за машину).

С помощью мобильных приложений можно вызвать Яндекс. Такси, Uber и другие службы такси.

Для тех, кто не любит озадачиваться планированием маршрута и тонкостями расписания общественного транспорта, существуют экскурсии «Ереван — Гарни — Гегард». Храм Гарни и пещерный монастырь Гегард объединяет лишь географическая близость. Однако, будучи в Гарни, грех не воспользоваться возможностью и заодно не посетить и скальный монастырь.

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Языческий храм Гарни-символ Армении

Tajikistan on the Silk Road

The territory of Tajikistan from the most ancient times lay on the important historical routes of the Silk Road connecting the East and the West. It was very important in international trade and cultural exchange linking Bactria, Tokharistan, Soghd, Istaravshan and Fergana with India, Afghanistan and China.

The Silk Road helped not only to exchange goods between the East and the West, but also ideas, cultures and people. Very famous along the entire Silk Road were the weapons made by Soghd craftsmen. Very popular were leather products and jewelry, silk fabrics and colored salts. Soghd exported amazing “golden peaches”, white and yellow cherries, sheep and graceful swift-footed racers.

According to ancient sources there were the following sectors of the Silk Road which crossed Tajikistan.
Soghd route went from Samarkand to Kokand through Pendzhikent and further on the road leading to Fergana valley through Varz, Ura-Tyube, Khujand, Konibodom, and Isfara.

The other route sometimes called “Karotegin” connected Termez and Kashgar (China) through Hissar and Dushanbe.

Khatlon route branched from Karogetin to the south and led from Dushanbe to Balkh (Afghanistan) up to the southern Silk Road line.

The route called “Pamir” led from Balkh (Afghanistan) to Khorog and was further split into other routes.
Despite the complexity of the high-mountain relief the lands of modern Tajikistan in antiquity and the Middle Ages served as the bridge between peoples and civilizations. Unlike steppe routes the mountain lines were safer for caravans: they passed in valleys framed by mountain ridges that served as reliable protection them from attacks of robbers.

Tadjik cities on the Silk Road are precious pearls framed by picturesque landscapes. Among them are Pendzhikent, Ura-Tyube, and Khujand. More the 20 centuries ago those cities were famous for their crafts, culture and well- developed trade. The ancient roads were traveled by numerous caravans, which stopped in caravanserais and exchanged the brought goods in Oriental markets. In this connection it is possible to find the elements of the most different legends, rituals, and religions in the culture and crafts of Tajikistan.

Ancient Settlement of Penjikent

Penjikent, the oldest city of Tajikistan (more than 5,500 years old) is located in the picturesque valley of the Zeravshan River (near Samarkand). The beauty and fertility of those lands were the reason of appearance of small settlements and later — the city which prospered in the 5th -8th centuries. Beautiful, well-fortified civilized city was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Soghd. It was even called the Central Asian Pompey. The palace of the governor, round which temples, markets, rich houses of townspeople decorated with numerous ornaments and wooden and clay sculptures of ancient gods, was the city’s jewel. Pendzhikent was the last city on the way from Samarkand to the mountains of Kukhistan. It was very convenient since any caravan, any person descending from the mountains to Samarkand and coming back could not bypass Pendzhikent. Soghd controlled a part of the Silk Road, but after the empire’s collapse, caused by Arabian conquerors in the 8th century, people had to escape to the mountains.

The ruins of this ancient wee accidentally found in the past century. The ruins of apartment houses and office buildings, the citadel with palace, the house of handicraftsmen, the church of fire worshippers have survived there.

The ancient settlement of Pendzhikent is located in the southeast suburb of the modern Tadjik city of the same name.

Ura-Tyube (now Istravshan)

The jewel of Tajikistan, ancient Ura-Tyube, once was a major trade center on the crossroads of historical caravan routes, the city of Oriental markets, weavers and handicraftsmen.

Located in the north of Tajikistan, in foothills of the Turkestan Ridge, the city celebrated its 2,500th birthday. It was founded in the 6th century B.C. by Cyrus, the Achaemenid king. It was the time when it was named Cyropolis or Kurushkada. By then, when Alexander the Great had conquered Central Asia (the 4th century BC), Kurushkada was already a big, well-fortified city. Only by cunning did Greek soldiers manage to walk along the dry-out channel of the river and open the gate. The city was destroyed by the order of Alexander the Great.

At various times this beautiful and ancient city was named differently. For example, in the Middle Ages it was known as Bundzhikat, the capital of Ustrushan. In the days of Arabian sovereignty Ura-Tyube became a province of Arabian caliphate. At that time Islamic architectural structures such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets etc. started to appear. The city’s most rapid development took place under the rule of the first Tadjik Samanid dynasty (9th – 10th centuries). But in the 13th century the city was destroyed again by the armies of Genghis-Khan.

However, Ura-Tyube rose from the ashes in the 14th – 15th centuries with the coming of powerful Timurid Empire. In that period the city was called Ura-Tyube.

In the 16th century Transoxiana (together with Ura-Tyube) lost its significance as a result of emergence of the new Shaybanid state with the capital in Bukhara.

In the 18th century Ura-Tyube developed again as the center of the independent feudal state. It was the time when the citadel and fortifications were reinforced, old and the new structures restored, and new fortifications capable of stopping the attacks of numerous nomad tribes erected. In 1886 Ura-Tyube became a part of Russia.

The city has numerous monuments — mosques, mausoleums, and madrasahs. I the vicinities of Ura-Tyube there are rich archaeological finds such as the ancient city of Shakhristan.

Khujand

This city located in the picturesque valley of the Syr-Darya is over 2,500 years old. It was first mentioned in Aristotle’s works. During its 2,500-year history the city was repeatedly revived after numerous disastrous conquests.

From ancient times standing on the crossroads of well-known trade routes between the East and the West made Khujand one of the major economic and cultural centers of Central Asia, the major center on the Silk Road. The products from silk, jewelry made by craftsmen of Khujand were known not only in the East. The names of the city districts speak of the former significance of those crafts: Zargaron (jewelers), Pilakashon (silk-winders), Sangburon (masons), etc.

The history of Khujand began more than 2,500 years ago. It had already existed before the arrival of armies of Alexander the Great to the banks of the Syr-Darya.

Khujand is a picturesque Oriental city where old and new mingle in architectural styles, the customs and clothes of its people. The amazing citadel- the mausoleum of sheikh Muslekheddin, the mosque and minarets of the 15th – 18th centuries, Oriental market and other historical monuments attract numerous tourists.

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