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Cultural and historical heritage and art of Uzbekistan presented in Brussels
26 May 2024
Cultural and historical heritage and art of Uzbekistan presented in Brussels

Uzbek Embassy in Brussels held an exhibition of dedicated to art and culture of Uzbekistan in order to widely promote the cultural and historical heritage of Uzbekistan among Belgian population.

The event was attended by Belgian and European cultural and artistic figures, young artists, representatives of the European Parliament, EU institutions, official circles of Belgium, as well as ambassadors of Central Asian states and other countries.

The event demonstrated the rich culture of Uzbekistan, dating back many centuries, such as the historical heritage of ancient cities of Uzbekistan, including Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

The exhibition featured paintings depicting the grandeur and beauty of the natural landscapes and historical cities of Uzbekistan, the unique traditions and customs of the Uzbek people. The guests highly appreciated the presented works of art and paintings, which reveal the talent of Uzbek artists.

Participants were unanimous in the opinion that such events widely disseminate Uzbek culture and art, promote public diplomacy, and also help to increase the attractiveness of our country as a popular tourist destination for the European public, making more people to travel to Uzbekistan.

As part of the event, a ceremony was held to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan and the Royal Brussels Conservatory.

This document provides for the intensification of cooperation between the two educational institutions in various directions. It was noted that in the near future, within the framework of the memorandum, academic exchange programs will be implemented at the level of faculty, experts and students.

Director of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels Olivia Vanon de Oliveira noted that Uzbekistan has given world culture many great discoveries and achievements. The works of art presented at the exhibition demonstrate the "limitless talent of Uzbek artists." She emphasized that friendship and partnership are possible where there is an understanding of culture, art, languages, history and traditions. “Events such as today’s exhibition indicate that friendship between Uzbekistan and the EU states is strengthening at a qualitatively new level,” concluded the director of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels.

The participants of the event emphasized that in Uzbekistan, under the leadership of the head of state, a huge amount of work is being done to preserve and restore the cultural heritage of the Uzbek people. The holding of international exhibitions such as “Uzbekistan in Antiquity: From Alexander the Great to the Kushan Empire” in Berlin, “Uzbekistan: Vanguard in the Desert” in Venice, major cultural events in the Louvre and other European cities are clear confirmation of this.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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