Day 64: Independence Square

Like Amir Timur Square nearby, Independence Square in central Tashkent has a long and interesting history.  Known today as "Mustaqillik Maydoni", the square, which is actually more of a large city park, used to be nothing more than a dusty frontier just outside the gates of the old city. Following the defeat of the Khanate of … Continue reading Day 64: Independence Square

Day 71: Navoi Theater

The "Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre" by its official name, is the main opera house of Tashkent and one of the most famous buildings of Soviet era Uzbekistan.  The theater is named after the 15th century Uzbek poet, Alisher Navoi who is well known for his lyrical legacy, many of which have since been … Continue reading Day 71: Navoi Theater

Day 74: Gastronom

Lacking 7-Eleven in Uzbekistan, the next best thing is our friendly neighborhood Гастроном.  When we just need to grab a few things instead of making the pilgrimage to Korzinka, the Gastronom has exactly what we're looking for.  We find ourselves frequently stopping by for a few bags of milk here and there, stocking up our … Continue reading Day 74: Gastronom

Day 76: Istiqlol Palace

Probably one of the finest examples of Soviet architecture in Tashkent, the impressive facade of the concert hall "Palace of Friendship of Peoples" dominates the large public square as you come up the stairs from the Bunyodkor metro station.  Both the metro station and the square were formerly of the same name as the palace, … Continue reading Day 76: Istiqlol Palace

Day 83: Amir Timur Square

Spread out beneath the shadow of the imposing edifice of the Soviet-era Hotel Uzbekistan, Amir Timur Square is located at the very center of Tashkent.  In the center of the square, in the center of the the capital city, sitting majestically on horseback, is the hero of Uzbekistan, the 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror, Amir Timur.  … Continue reading Day 83: Amir Timur Square

Day 86: Mahalla

Historically, life in Uzbekistan has always revolved around the mahalla.  The rough equivalent of a neighborhood in the traditional western sense, the mahalla is in the east, near east, new east, and middle east, an important aspect of everyday community life. In Uzbekistan, mahalla were historically built around family connections, weddings, funerals, neighborhood and family … Continue reading Day 86: Mahalla

Day 89: The Crying Mother

Uzbekistan paid a heavy price for its role defending the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War.  From 1941 to 1945, 1.4 million Uzbeks fought in the Red Army against Nazi Germany.  Official figures put the toll at 263,005 dead and 132,670 missing in action on the Eastern Front fighting against the Nazis. When Germany … Continue reading Day 89: The Crying Mother