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Uzbekistan to reconstruct 12 Historical Fortress Gates of Tashkent
13 June 2022
Uzbekistan to reconstruct 12 Historical Fortress Gates of Tashkent

A regular meeting of the working group on the reconstruction of the 12 historical gates of Tashkent was held last week.

A step-by-step restoration of 12 ancient gates of Tashkent city is planned in accordance with the State Program of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the Development Strategy of New Uzbekistan for 2022-2026" and the State Program for its implementation in the "Year of Ensuring Human Interests and Development of the Mahalla" in the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent.

The restoration project works include the reconstruction of their historical basis and improvement of roads and infrastructure leading to the historical Tashkent gates.

In order to ensure the implementation of this task, a regular meeting of the working group on the restoration of the gates was held. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Khakim of the city of Tashkent Fakhriddin Davrukov, with the involvement of qualified specialists and scientists in the project.

According to the experts, the restoration of the historical appearance of the ancient Tashkent gates on the basis of the design drawings and the concept of the ancient gates will place a great responsibility on experienced experts and specialists in the field of history and archeology.

The agenda of the project implementation working group meeting included the following topics:

- Features of the construction of fortress walls and gates of Tashkent in the period of the 12th, 15th and mid-19th centuries;

- Comparative analysis of the construction of walls and gates in Tashkent (building technology, architectural techniques and structures) with similar gates in Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Turkestan and Kokand;

- Development of a map of Tashkent in 1890 indicating the line of passage of the walls and the placement of 12 historical gates;

- Consideration of a modern map of the central part of Tashkent city with lines of the passage of walls and placement of 12 gates for subsequent clarification of their exact coordinates;

- The study of the presented new materials - old photographs (end of the 19th century) of the fortress walls of Tashkent, the fortification profile (measurements of 1865);

- Study and systematization of the fortress gates of Tashkent constructed to join the city to the Kokand Khanate (in the period of 15-18 centuries) - Samarkand, Kukcha, Chagatai, Sagban, Karasaray, Takhtapul, Beshagach, and Kamolon.

Walls and gates were built in the middle of the 19th century - Labzak, Koymas, Kashgar, Kokand and the gates of Urda.

- Consideration of options for sections of fortress walls with gates created on the basis of historical research, for subsequent submission for public discussion.

As a result of the working group meeting, a decision on beginning the detailed development of projects, and the restoration of the fortress gates - Chagatai and Beshagach was made. Relevant responsible persons were instructed to study the sites in these territories and their suitability for the construction (restoration) of the fortress gates of Tashkent in accordance with their historical authenticity. It is proposed to include tourism infrastructure facilities in the complex of the restored Tashkent gates.

The working group took a decision to continue working with experts in the field to fully develop the design concept for the ancient Tashkent fortress gates.

We would like to mention that such projects on restoration and reconstruction of historical sites would encourage more tourists to travel to Uzbekistan, particularly the modern capital Tashkent, by demonstrating more ancient spots of the city.  

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