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  • Afrosiyob Museum in Samarkand

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    The Museum of Afrosiab is devoted to the millenia of history that this ancient city has seen. The museum itself is located at the site of archaelogocial excavations, where remarkable remnants of The Sogda Kingdom were found. As the legend goes, Afrosiab was a name of a Turanian Ruler who was in control of the huge country called 'Turan', encompassing a vast territory covering nearly the entire territory of the modern Central Asia.

    The city has seen cohorts of Alexander the Great during his raid to the Central Asia. After the 8th century Islam came to the region brought by the Arabs. The rich exhibits of the Museum track outstanding developments of the city up to the time when the hordes of Chengis Khan and his mongols obliterated the city.

    The Museum

    One of the displays at the museum is the ancient fresco which was discovered during excavations on a wall of a building buried for centuries in soil. The fresco was carefully dismantled and transferred to the museum, where it is now kept in special temperature, humidity and light conditions. At the picture you can see various episodes from the life of people who lived millenia ago, including hunting, elephant cavalcades, reception of foreign ambassadors etc.

    Inner fresco at the Museum