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Why visit Uzbekistan

Kokand is one of the biggest cities in Fergana Valley. Up to our days it is still unknown by whom and when this beautiful and green city was founded. The history of Kokand, according to ancient writings, started during the first century BC with a small settlement. The name of the city is translated as “a beautiful place”. Kokand well preserved the charm of the past in the form of unique monuments of ancient architecture.

Sightseeing tour around Kokand starts with the magnificent Djami mosque, the Palace of Khudayar-khan, Narbuta-biy maddrassah - the biggest in the city, the burial place of all women of khanate family – Modari-khan mausoleum and an amazing complex of Dakhma-i-Shakhan. Another sightseeing of Kokand is the workshop of Rustam Usmanov – the famous master of Rishtan ceramics.


Palace of Khudoyar-khan, Architectural Complex

The Palace of Khdoyar-khan was built in 1871 and is considered as the seventh residence of the khan. It was built taking into account all the architectural traditions of the Central Asia. The palace was famous for the rich decoration. Nowadays, the Palace consists of two small gardens and 19 rooms. The Palace Khudoyar-khan is currently a Tashkent local history museum.

Workshop of Rustam Usmanov

Handicraft has always been prospering in the Central Asia. Ceramics, since the old days, was one of the most loved handicraft of the locals. The main center for ceramic art became the city of Rishtan. This is where the unique technology and style of Rishtan ceramics was born. The dish decorated with clay and a blue glaze became well known and valued by the connoisseurs of art. Today, just like many years ago, the masters of Rishtan by following the traditions create unique ceramic masterpieces. Every guest of Uzbekistan wishing to get familiar with the national culture of region, may visit the famous workshop, the museum and the shop of the best mast of Rishtan Ceramics – Rustam Usmanov.

Architectural complex of Dahman-i-Shakhon

The Architectural complex of Dahman-i-Shakhon was constructed by the order of great Uzbek poetess Nadira for her husband Umarkhan, who was the most peaceful ruler of Kokand. Umarkhan was buried in the burial place of Dahman-i-Shakhon. By another order of Nadira Chalpak Madrassah was built close to the complex. The poetess decorated the bordering walls with green and front gardens. Architectural complex of Dahman-i-Shakhon was the family burial of Kokan khans.

Djami Mosque and Minaret 

Djami Mosque is one of few mosques of yard-type. The building is dated back to 1818, but the history of its building started much earlier. Djami Mosque started to be built by the order of Alim-khan – the ruler of Kokand. However, after the change in authorities, this vast building was destroyed. Fortunately, Djami Mosque was restored and opened for the visitors.

Narbutabey Madrassah

Narbutabey Madrassah is the biggest madrassah in Kokand. Its building is dated back to 1799 and its main peculiarity is the absence of decoration. The architecture resembles with similar monuments of ancient Bukhara. The entrance doors are decorated with carved wood, which is typical to the style of Central Asia. Nowadays, around 80 students from different parts of Feghana  Valley are being educated in Narbutabey madrassah.

Madari Khan Mausoleum 

Madari Khan Mausoleum was founded by the poetess Nadira in the XIX-th century. After the death of his husband, Umarkhan- the ruler of Kokand, her mother-in-law died as well. The mausoleum was constructed over her grave. Madari-khan is translated as “the mother of khan”. As time passed, the Madari Khan mausoleum became the burial place of women from family of khans. Nadira was also buried there.