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amazing wall paintings from around 7th century

Beautifully restored/preserved paintings documenting various scenes of visitors to Samarkand (then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grace B
Sydney, Australia
A different experience

Nice building, located right on the edge of the Afrosiab main site. Of interest because it shows... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jane L
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good29%
  • Average29%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Grace B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Jane L
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
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

Thank 2012sunilmumbai
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

Thank DanielJackman
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Went to Samarkand from tashkent in this train and was one of the most beautiful experiences to have. It saved almost half of the time as compared to taxi. The services were really good in the train. The outside view kept us busy the whole...More

Thank Doctor S
Reviewed 15 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
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 Beeckk7888
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
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This site of ancient Samarkand has not been subjected to restoration, and is a lovely bucolic spot, with great views over the modern city and distant mountains, and with a few sheep and cattle placidly grazing. The small on-site museum houses the great find of...More

1  Thank LottyToronto
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