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Samarkand

Uzbek: Samarqand, Самарқанд
Offeecial seal o Samarkand
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Samarkand is locatit in Uzbekistan
Samarkand
Samarkand
Location in Uzbekistan
Coordinates: 39°42′N 66°59′E / 39.700°N 66.983°E / 39.700; 66.983Coordinates: 39°42′N 66°59′E / 39.700°N 66.983°E / 39.700; 66.983
CountryFlag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan
ProvinceSamarqand Province
Settled5t century BC
Govrenment
 • TeepCeety Admeenistration
 • Hakim (Mayor)Akbar Shukurov
Area
 • Total108 km2 (42 sq mi)
Elevation
702 m (2,303 ft)
Population
 (2008)
 • Tot436,300
Time zoneUTC+5 ( )
Wabsteidhttp://samshahar.uz/

Samarkand (Uzbek: Samarqand; Tajik: Самарқанд; Persie: سمرقند‎; from Sogdian: "Stane Fort" or "Rock Toun") is the seicont-lairgest ceety in Uzbekistan an the caipital o Samarqand Province. The ceety is maist notit for its central position on the Silk Road atween Cheenae an the Wast, an for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. In the 14t century, it became the caipital o the empire o Timur (Tamerlane), an is the site o his mausoleum (the Gur-e Amir). The Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains ane o the ceety's maist notable landmarks. The Registan wis the ancient centre o the ceety.

In 2001, UNESCO addit the ceety tae its Warld Heritage Leet as Samarkand – Crossroads o Culturs.

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