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A Nice Museum - try to catch the video 1st

This is a decent museum - I had just come from 4 days at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, which... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
Colleen587
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Duluth, Minnesota
A preserved outdoor marvel

The brown formations, including holes of homes from long ago, make this an attractive preservation... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
CintiKidCincinnati
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cincinnati
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 April 2011

Afrasiab is one of the great evocative names of the silk route - and sure enough, the tell of the old city is one of the largest I have ever seen (and I am an ancient historian...). The real reason for visiting, though, should be...More

5  Thank Bielding
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The history of Afrasiab is interesting as are the mosaic remnants but there isn't a lot to see. Worth a visit if you have time but not a "must see".

2  Thank Kiwitraveler59
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is some signage in English, and a short movie that helps explain the site. Also, there is an entrance to the actual Afrosyib ruins where you can explore a bit. A bit of a walk from the Registan area.

Thank Rheanne_77
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This where it began - also where it was ended by Genghis Khan. Today it is piles of sand - but very interesting to archaeologists. The museum is small and contains a variety of artifacts. The most spectacular is four walls of mosaics from the...More

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 12 September 2018

It is a typical Soviet-era style museum that has artifacts from the ancient city of Afrasiab. The museum sits next to the old city which has nice view of Samarkand but not much to see other than mounds of were the city use to be....More

Thank tjwb71
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We did not do the museum but we went to the hill. It was a really nice experience. You can walk there from the city center (40mn from Registan). You can access the hill by a big door just outside the museum. It's free :)...More

1  Thank yamiasoso
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This is a decent museum - I had just come from 4 days at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, which incidentally had artifacts from Afrasaib, "donated" by Uzbekistan, so Afrasaib seemed a bit simplistic through no fault of the museum. You can sit and watch...More

Thank Colleen587
Reviewed 18 June 2018

The brown formations, including holes of homes from long ago, make this an attractive preservation site to see.

Thank CintiKidCincinnati
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I'm not sure I would go here even with time to kill. I thought it was a bit of a waste of time, honestly, especially since I chose to walk, underestimating the distance from the Shah-i-Zindah complex. I will grudgingly admit that the museum is...More

2  Thank gregsf11
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The history of Afrasiab is interesting as are the mosaic remnants but there isn't a lot to see. Worth a visit if you have time but not a "must see".

2  Thank Kiwitraveler59
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Museum about history of Samarkand. Not sufficiently interesting but worth a visit only if one has spare time.

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Good museum with old artifacts, but the old frescoes are the highlight. Really interesting to see the scenes shown and hard to believe they are so old.

Thank Janman2017
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