25 interesting facts about Tashkent

No one knows exactly when Tashkent was founded, but it is known for certain that it happened, at least, several centuries before our era. This makes the capital of Uzbekistan one of the oldest cities not only in Asia, but throughout the world, and a huge amount of cultural heritage has really been preserved here. Modern Tashkent is an attractive and comfortable city for living, but it still retains the mysterious charm of the East – the air saturated with the smells of spices, traditional architecture and unique Uzbek cuisine are worth visiting these lands.

Facts about the city Tashkent

  1. There are few tall buildings here. Most of them do not exceed 3-5 floors in height.
  2. The tallest building in Tashkent is the 375-meter TV tower. By the way, it is one of the ten highest TV towers in the world.
  3. In all of Central Asia, Tashkent is the largest city, and in the entire CIS it ranks 5th in this parameter.
  4. Tashkent has many cities- sister cities, including Moscow, Seattle, Kyiv, Karachi, Astana, Riga, Berlin, Ankara and others.
  5. Tashkent youth learn English more actively than Russian, but the older generation of citizens who made it to the times of the USSR is excellent speaks Russian.
  6. Tigers lived in the vicinity of Tashkent for a couple of centuries (interesting facts about tigers).
  7. More than 3,000 animals are kept in decent conditions in Tashkent Zoo, opened in 1997.
  8. Tashkent International Airport is the largest in Central Asia.
  9. The last trolleybuses in Tashkent made their trips in 2010, after which the trolleybus lines were finally decommissioned.
  10. In 2009, the official age of this ancient city exceeded 22nd century.
  11. The famous Alay Bazaar in Tashkent spontaneously arose 600-700 years ago, if not more, but it was officially registered only in the 20th century.
  12. In the winter of 1930, in seemingly hot Tashkent, a temperature of – 29.5 degrees Celsius.
  13. The oldest building in Tashkent, an underground cell, was built in the 12th century.
  14. One of the Tashkent metro stations is named after an Uzbek poet, playwright and literary critic Hamid Alimjan.
  15. According to archaeologists, the first people on the territory of modern Tashkent appeared about 17 thousand years ago (interesting facts about ancient people).
  16. Tashkent has a huge number of monuments of historical and cultural heritage, including a large number of mausoleums, temples and madrasahs.
  17. The architectural symbol of Tashkent is a tall tower with huge chimes, which was erected in 1947.
  18. Due to the low level of air pollution, Tashkent is one of the few cities in the world where you can see the starry sky at night.
  19. Trams in Tashkent disappeared in 2016, only buses remain. But they have long routes, one of them is over 30 kilometers long.
  20. Public libraries in Tashkent are very popular. Thus, in the first two quarters of 2017, the National Library of Tashkent gave out more than 2.5 million books to customers, setting a kind of record.
  21. Especially for tourists, bright red double-decker excursion buses run around the Uzbek capital, like those that can be see in London (interesting facts about London).
  22. Parks and squares account for about 30% of the total area of ​​Tashkent.
  23. Tashkent is located in a dry area. The giant city consumes about 1,500,000 cubic meters of fresh water every day.
  24. There are more fountains in Tashkent than in any other city in Asia. Even more than in Singapore.
  25. Finding an ATM in Tashkent is not difficult, but often there is no money in them, and it can be problematic to withdraw money from a bank card.
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