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From the outside it gives an impresion of a Soviet, bored museum but inside it can be very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
d1mfokin
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Tallinn, Estonia
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The old city ruined by the Mongols in the 12th century. Amazing place which is not yet excavated... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
discering
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bombay
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good30%
  • Average28%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“old city” (4 reviews)
“frescoes” (6 reviews)
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the outside it gives an impresion of a Soviet, bored museum but inside it can be very intetesting if you like the local history. The old frescos are amazing!

1  Thank d1mfokin
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The old city ruined by the Mongols in the 12th century. Amazing place which is not yet excavated but the sense of history is so strong! The museum is awesome and the guides are super gracious and knowledgeable.

Thank discering
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Beautifully restored/preserved paintings documenting various scenes of visitors to Samarkand (then called Afrasiab). Really beautiful artwork.

1  Thank Grace B
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Nice building, located right on the edge of the Afrosiab main site. Of interest because it shows something of life earlier than much of the mosques and madrassas. The film shows Samarkand in Afrosiab times. Film is in the lower room, down steps, right of...More

3  Thank Jane L
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

The Afrasiab features an archeological view of anciend dwellings in the vicinity of Samarkand. The museum shows artifacts and illustrates the life of the early settlers in historical time.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This is regrettably not recommended by tour agents as they prefer you to go to the bazaars! This museum is small but has an incredibly well laid out series of exhibits. Most important, they have an excellent ten minute documentary film in English which is...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

If you are not interested in central Asia history or archaeology then this place is not for you. The surviving frescoes from the Sogdian era are incredible and one can only imagine what they must have looked like in their pomp. Get a taxi here...More

1  Thank DanielJackman
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The museum is a fair walk from most other sights and the main city but the central fresco is a must see, worn but beautiful.

Thank Balmirals100
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Afrasiab is the ancient name of Samarkand and the museum of history of the city is also called with this name. You may not like it if you are not a lover of history, The museums has originnal frescos of 6-7th centuries and some ossuaries...More

Thank Centasia
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was a last minute inclusion by our guide and we are thankful she took us there. Hard to imagine the history of this area. There is a AV presentation that is a must see.

1  Thank Ozland_27
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