Sight's of Uzbekistan Ak-Saray, The white Palace
Ak-Saray Palace was the Summer Residence of Great Emperor Timur (Tamerlane). It was built in the city where the emperor was born - Shakhrisabz. At its time it was considered to be one of the tallest buildings in the world and the tallest building in Central Asia. Euronews takes you to short tour to Ak-Saray - White Palace of Temurlane
[Uzbekistan] Ak-Saray Palace | Дворец Ак-Сарай | 악사라이 궁전 @ Shakhrisabz 샤흐리삽즈
Ak-Saray Palace, The Residence of Tamerlane, in Shakhrisabz.
Shahrisabz: birthplace of Tamerlane!
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Shakhrisabz is one of the most beautiful and colorful Uzbekistan cities, which is located 80 km south of Samarkand, beyond the alpine pass of Takhta-Karacha. Whether time you come to this ancient city, you will see all the beauty of this great green garden.
Looking at the well-groomed modern appearance it is difficult to believe that this city is 2700 years old and that it has played a significant role in the history of the Central Asian region. Formerly Shakhrisabz was the capital of the ancient state of Sogd and had the name of Kesh. It was the famous center of culture, trade, and handicrafts. In 329 BC Alexander the Great conquered the city and soon Hellenistic culture and cult of the Greek gods appeared there. Over millennium Shakhrisabz was under the reign of various dynasties and in the 8th century, it was the center of anti-Arab and anti-Islam rebellion.
Today this wonderful city is more famous thanks to Amir Temur (Tamerlane), who was born in the neighboring village of Hodja-Ilgar. Becoming the ruler, he turned Shakhrisabz into his residence and ordered to build the palace, known as Ak-Saray (White Palace). By the way, at that time Kesh was renamed to Shakhrisabz, which means in Persian “Green city”.
Today the city has a lot of architectural sights; the historical center of the city is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here you will find ruins of the palace Ak-Saray, the memorial complex Dorut Tilovat, the mosque Kok-Gumbaz, mausoleums Dorus Siodat, Shamsad-Dina Kulyala, Gumbazi-Seyidan. For years, the city government has been planning the city building so that to preserve ancient Shakhrisabz monuments for next generations.
The economy of the city is concentrated on cotton processing, preservation, agricultural machinery manufacture, and handicrafts. Shakhrisabz is renowned for peculiar carpet weaving, fine embroidery, tubeteikas (Uzbek caps). Handicraft industry has the long-years history and has taken in cultures of neighboring nations. Articles of local masters win many international exhibitions and festivals. Moreover, Shakhrisabz is famous for its brand wine, which took the first places on international wine competitions.
Also, Shakhrisabz has transport importance: it is located on the Great Uzbek Highway, which repeats the route of the Italian traveler and trader Marco Polo.
Timur’un görkemli Ak Sarayı Postcards from Uzbekistan: The Ak-Saray Palace, Shakhrisabz
Postcards programımızın Özbekistan serisinin sonuncusunda Şehr-i-Sebz kentinde Ak Saray’ı ziyaret ediyoruz.
Timur, bu görkemli sarayı doğduğu bu şehirde 14. yüzyılda, yazlık olarak kullanmak üzere inşa ettirmiş.