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Amir Timur Museum
The Amir Timur Museum was inaugurated on the 660th anniversary of Mongol warlord and reformer, Amir Timur. It is situated in Tashkent (the capital of Uzbekistan). The museum is home to over 5000 artifacts related to Timur, out of which more than 2000 objects are displayed in museum exhibition halls. These artifacts tell the tale of his personal and professional life like his ascent to power and military campaigns, and some of the artifacts here include maps, weaponries, copper and silver coins, rare manuscripts, potteries and jewelry. A part of this remarkable collection was gifted by some Asian countries and France’s iconic Louvre’s Museum.
State Museum of History of Uzbekistan
The State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, formerly known as the National Museum of Turkestan, was founded in Tashkent in 1876. It is home to a large number of artifacts related to the archaeology, history, numismatics, and ethnography of Uzbekistan; and is focally known for its Buddhist art collection. The State Museum of History of Uzbekistan is also home to a remarkable collection of Stone Age remnants and a collection of calligraphy and regal edicts down from Amir Timur’s dynasty.
The Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan
Established in 1918, the Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan is the largest state art museum in Uzbekistan. It has a permanent collection of several thousand artworks related to applied art, fine arts, Russian art and Far East art. Housed inside a huge cubic-shaped building, the museum is best known for its 100 artworks (mostly consisting of paintings and drawings) by Soviet prince Nikolay Romanov and other Russian and Western European masters. The Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan is also home to sculptures, furniture and historical artifacts.
Chorsu Bazaar is the traditional marketplace or ‘bazaar’ of Tashkent. Chorsu is a Persian word that implies ‘crossroads’ or ‘four streams.’ This marketplace is located in the center of the old town and is housed inside a large blue-colored domed building. The idea of a business complex with colored and covered premises dates back to at least a thousand years back when the local shopkeepers had found out that this kind of arrangement was the only way to protect them from oppressive heat and to attract customers. A historical landmark near Chorsu Bazaar is a 16th century Islamic school called Kukeldash Madrasah which has also served as a fortress and a museum earlier.