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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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This was a last minute inclusion by our guide and we are thankful she took us there. Hard to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
Ancient Samarkand

This site of ancient Samarkand has not been subjected to restoration, and is a lovely bucolic spot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good28%
  • Average30%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“small museum” (2 reviews)
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a last minute inclusion by our guide and we are thankful she took us there. Hard to imagine the history of this area. There is a AV presentation that is a must see.

Thank Ozland_27
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site of ancient Samarkand has not been subjected to restoration, and is a lovely bucolic spot, with great views over the modern city and distant mountains, and with a few sheep and cattle placidly grazing. The small on-site museum houses the great find of...More

Thank LottyToronto
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Very nicely done small musuem depicting 7th century civilisation in Samarkand. Amazing restoration of wall paintings showing early ambassador visits to city, and relationships with nearby and far east representatives

Thank cleo01paw
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The museum presents evidence of a seventh century civilization in Samarkand. See the movie first. Without it, it is difficult to get any value out of the exhibits.

Thank wardnick1
Reviewed 26 April 2017

The museum is small, but its subject, the archeological finds in the old city of Afrasiab, is extremely interesting. There is very little left of pre-islamic art in Uzbekistan and we found that this is be the best place in the country to appreciate it....More

1  Thank Vijgeblad
Reviewed 6 March 2017

On the way to Uleg Beks onservatory we drove thru and around acres of wasteland which was apparently the site of the very ancient city of Afrosiab. There are no tours of the site, and only a small area appears to have been excavated when...More

Thank Frantic_12
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The only plus side this museum is the beautiful set of Sogdian frescoes. Otherwise it is a tired and dull museum, poorly presented and with very little of interest

Thank philipsK7729PY
Reviewed 7 June 2016

See the English documentary first before you explore the ancient zorastrian murals found in a home and then restored at this museum. Definitely worth visiting.

1  Thank MamboMumbai
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Afrasiab museum built on site of excavation which is going on. Afrasiab an area of about 200 hectares was named after king Afrasiab.. the city was protected by rivers in North and East and deep ravines to South and West, many believed this to be...More

Thank Sparkie09
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This small museum should tell the story of early Uzbekistan and the Sogdians. The exterior is being upgraded and I do hope they do the interior as well, as the displays are not very well thought out, labelled or displayed, and the items look mostly...More

Thank JP1946
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