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Uzbekistan’s Samarkand is described as a fairy tale city by Swedish Media
28 July 2023
Uzbekistan’s Samarkand is described as a fairy tale city by Swedish Media

As Uzbekistan keeps promoting its tourism opportunities among foreign audiences, the Swedish news agency Cawa Media continued publishing on the historical cities of Uzbekistan in addition to the previous publications about our country.

In the new publication, the authors of which were the director of the publication Peter Johansson and his photographer Larisa Johansson, who participated in the presidential elections in Uzbekistan as international observers, describe in detail the Mausoleum of St. Daniyar (Daniel) in Samarkand.

“It is located on the high hill of Afrosiab, on the outskirts of Samarkand along the banks of the Siab River,” the article says. - Muslims call him the prophet Khodja Daniyar, the Jews call him the prophet Daniel, and in Christianity, he is known as the prophet Daniel. In the Jewish religion, the prophet Daniel was an associate of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar for his achievements in science, art and the wise interpretation of dreams, which brought him fame. In his old age, the prophet moved to the ancient city of Susa, where he died and was buried in the royal mausoleum.

As the authors note, in the mausoleum there is a long tombstone (dakhma), in which the prophet is buried. On the territory of the complex, there is a spring, which is considered healing and holy. “Many pilgrims drink water from the spring in the hope of curing their illnesses. A complex of aivans for prayers was built on the site. In 1996, during his visit to Uzbekistan, the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus' Alexy II visited Samarkand, in particular the mausoleum of Khoja Doniyar. Near the crypt there was a withered pistachio tree, which the patriarch decided to consecrate, and after a while the tree came to life and bloomed again,” the agency reports.

The article emphasizes that in 2001 the city of Samarkand and its historical architectural and archaeological monuments, including the mausoleum and the Khodja Doniyar complex, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List under the name "Samarkand - the crossroads of cultures".

The authors introduce readers to other interesting and iconic places that can be visited in Samarkand, in particular, the Meros paper workshop and others.

Publishing such informative articles about Uzbekistan and its tourist cities will definitely increase interest among European tourists to visit Uzbekistan, as well as travel to Samarkand for its unique attraction among travelers. 

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Did you know?

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

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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?

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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. 

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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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