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Address: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years...

The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.

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Definitely pay extra for the English documentary

See the English documentary first before you explore the ancient zorastrian murals found in a home and then restored at this museum. Definitely worth visiting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 June 2016
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The only plus side this museum is the beautiful set of Sogdian frescoes. Otherwise it is a tired and dull museum, poorly presented and with very little of interest

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Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

See the English documentary first before you explore the ancient zorastrian murals found in a home and then restored at this museum. Definitely worth visiting.

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Goa, India
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179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Afrasiab museum built on site of excavation which is going on. Afrasiab an area of about 200 hectares was named after king Afrasiab.. the city was protected by rivers in North and East and deep ravines to South and West, many believed this to be the ancient Sogdian capital of Maracanda that was destroyed by Alexander the Great in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

This small museum should tell the story of early Uzbekistan and the Sogdians. The exterior is being upgraded and I do hope they do the interior as well, as the displays are not very well thought out, labelled or displayed, and the items look mostly unloved. Which is a real shame, considering the history and the story they have to... More 

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Thank JP1946
Brussels, Belgium
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111 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

It's a museum, which tries to tell visitors about local habits, traditions, history. There are not a lot of artefacts and the few that are there are replicas. So don't expect anything fancy or elaborate. Visiting this museum is not a priority, if you have time do it, otherwise don't go out of your way to go there.

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

The museum was founded in 1970, five years after the ruins of ancient Afrosiyob city were discovered by chance. The museum holds many artifacts which could be of interest for history buffs. The most interesting, in my opinion, is the Painting of the Ambassadors, hall on the first floor. Thanks to restorer Geraldine Fray (with the funding coming from the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

- nice mosaics at the otherwise rather-dull museum - not much to see, have been told that this is a protected excavation site.

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Minnesota
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564 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

Located in “Ancient Samarkand” and encompassing over two millennia of history, the Afrosiab museum was a bit of a welcome change after the Tamerlane-centric time spent in town by this point. The entrance is a fairly bombastic affair, proudly proclaiming the importance of the museum and the “2,750 year anniversary” above the door. I forget the exact entrance fee but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

I suspect the best finds are in Moscow or the Hermitage, a problem with a lot of Uzbeki museums. The English labels are dreadful, misleading at best and often incomprehensible. I was very disappointed and I'm generally very positive about museums..

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Rabat, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

this little museum is interesting for about 7 minutes. maybe. but then you get to walk around the old walls of Afrosiab that Genghis Khan destroyed. That part is a bit more interesting. But just a bit.

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