Places of interest
While there are as many historical and architectural monuments in Tashkent as in Khiva or ancient Bukhara, there are also many other attractions. The Kukeldash Madrasah, located in the Old City near the famous Chorsu Bazaar, is the largest of Tashkent’s 23 madrasahs (colleges). The building dates back to the 16th century. The Khast Imam complex was built at the same time, housing the Barak Khan madrasah, Tillya Sheikh mosque and the mausoleum of the Iman Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi. The original of the famous Koran of Khalif Osman is kept here in a specially created museum. This ancient manuscript was written in the 15th century and kept in Medina, Damascus, Bagdad and then, in the time of Timur, it came to Uzbekistan.
All these buildings survived a devastating earthquake in 1966. The Monument of Courage in the city centre is dedicated to this tragedy. Not far from this monument, where you will eventually find yourself, is a pleasant and shady waterfront, the perfect place to meet and go for a stroll.