City of Wonders, and Respite for Travelers, Samarkand
The Jewel of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan’s second largest city has been the crossroads of culture for centuries. Situated in the Silk Road in between China and the Mediterranean, there were times Samarkand was considered as one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. Modern Samarkand is divided into two parts: the old city, and the new city developed during the days of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. The old city includes historical monuments, shops and old private houses, while the new city includes administrative buildings along with cultural centres and educational institutions.