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Samarqand or Samarkand ( SAM-ər-kand; Uzbek and Tajik: Самарқанд, pronounced [sæmærqænd, -ænt]; Persian: سمرقند) is a city in southeastern Uzbekistan and among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. Samarqand is the capital of Samarqand Region and a district-level city, that includes the urban-type settlements Kimyogarlar, Farhod and Khishrav. With 551,700 inhabitants (2021), it is the second-largest city of Uzbekistan.

There is evidence of human activity in the area…
Samarqand or Samarkand ( SAM-ər-kand; Uzbek and Tajik: Самарқанд, pronounced [sæmærqænd, -ænt]; Persian: سمرقند) is a city in southeastern Uzbekistan and among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. Samarqand is the capital of Samarqand Region and a district-level city, that includes the urban-type settlements Kimyogarlar, Farhod and Khishrav. With 551,700 inhabitants (2021), it is the second-largest city of Uzbekistan.

There is evidence of human activity in the area of the city dating from the late Paleolithic Era. Though there is no direct evidence of when Samarqand was founded, several theories propose that it was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China, Persia and Europe, at times Samarqand was one of the largest cities in Central Asia, and was an important city of the empires of Greater Iran. By the time of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, it was the capital of the Sogdian satrapy. The city was conquered by Alexander the Great in 329 BCE, when it was known as Markanda, which was rendered in Greek as Μαράκανδα. The city was ruled by a succession of Iranian and Turkic rulers until it was conquered by the Mongols under Genghis Khan in 1220.

The city is noted as a centre of Islamic scholarly study and the birthplace of the Timurid Renaissance. In the 14th century, Timur made it the capital of his empire and the site of his mausoleum, the Gur-e Amir. The Bibi-Khanym Mosque, rebuilt during the Soviet era, remains one of the city's most notable landmarks. Samarqand's Registan square was the city's ancient centre and is bounded by three monumental religious buildings. The city has carefully preserved the traditions of ancient crafts: embroidery, goldwork, silk weaving, copper engraving, ceramics, wood carving, and wood painting. In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarqand – Crossroads of Cultures.

Modern Samarqand is divided into two parts: the old city, and the new city, which was developed during the days of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. The old city includes historical monuments, shops, and old private houses; the new city includes administrative buildings along with cultural centres and educational institutions. On September 15–16, 2022, the city hosted the 2022 SCO summit.

Samarkand has a rich multicultural and plurilingual history that was significantly modified by the process of national delimitation in Central Asia. Many inhabitants of the city are native or bilingual speakers of the Tajik language, whereas Uzbek is the official language and Russian is also widely used in the public sphere, as per Uzbekistan's language policy.

Airports near Samarkand

Closest airports to Samarkand are Samarkand SKD (UZ) (0 km), Karshi KSQ (UZ) (144 km), Navoi NVI (UZ) (163 km), Dushanbe DYU (TJ) (203 km), Bukhara BHK (UZ) (215 km).

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London Gatwick Samarkand
19 March 2024
LGW
LGW
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SKD
SKD
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Edinburgh Samarkand
16 March 2024
EDI
EDI
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SKD
SKD
easyJet
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Manchester Samarkand
17 March 2024
MAN
MAN
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SKD
SKD
Jet2
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Samarkand Zayed International
03 April 2024
SKD
SKD
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AUH
AUH
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Samarkand Tashkent
24 April 2024
SKD
SKD
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TAS
TAS
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Samarkand Izmir
01 April 2024
SKD
SKD
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ADB
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Meteo: Samarkand SKD

Sunny
Samarkand
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-1
Feels like
-2°
Wind
6.8 km/h
Humidity
74%
Visibility
10.0 km
Thursday
22 February
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Wind: 15.5 km/h
Friday
23 February
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 8.3 km/h
Saturday
24 February
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 13.0 km/h
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