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Uzbekistan on German TV Channel: “Unknown Uzbekistan – Travelling by train across the Silk Road”
11 February 2022
Uzbekistan on German TV Channel: “Unknown Uzbekistan – Travelling by train across the Silk Road”

Uzbekistan impressed German media by its hospitality, ancient history going back to centuries, and cultural heritage. German visitors mentioned that Uzbek people were always happy to host foreign guests in Uzbekistan and their homes.

A new documentary, “Unknown Uzbekistan – Travelling by train across the Silk Road,” was broadcasted on the famous German-French cultural TV Channel ARTE during primetime. ARTE Channel has a multimillion viewership rating.

This 44-minute documentary about Uzbekistan presented our country from the modern-day perspective, including Uzbekistan’s historical monuments and people, who are proud of their traditions and culture.

“Such cities as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Tashkent have been providing the necessary infrastructure for the trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. The historical buildings and constructions that remained in the territory of Uzbekistan are pieces of evidence for the power and wealth that the Silk Road trade has brought to the oasis cities of the route. Uzbekistan still has plenty of those monuments of the Great Silk Road” – quoted by the authors of the movie.

Tashkent was mentioned as a young and prosperous city – the capital of Uzbekistan, with over 2 million residents. Uzbek people’s warm hospitality and sincere and generous welcome have deeply impressed the German filming team.

While admiring the magnificence of the city, the film authors highlighted Samarkand as one of the most ancient cities of the world today. Samarkand has a history of over 2700 years and is known for its historical monuments, architectural masterpieces, as well as its famous expensive silk carpets.

The next episode was dedicated to Shakhrisabz, another historical city of Uzbekistan. The powerful ruler of world history, Amir Timur, known as Timur the Lame or Tamerlane, the founder of the Timurid Empire, was born in Shakhrisabz in the 14th century.

The next stop was Bukhara – the sacred city of Uzbekistan with centuries-old history. The last destination of the German team was Kyzylkum – an Aral Sea region. The sad tragedy of the Aral Sea and its causes were raised during the documentary by the authors.

The documentary “Unknown Uzbekistan – Travelling by train across the Silk Road” is another informative and interesting film about our country, which will attract more tourists to travel to Uzbekistan and visit Uzbekistan for tourism or mixing business & travel purposes. As mentioned in the movie, Uzbek people always welcome foreigners and tourists with their friendly hospitality and sincere kindness.


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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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