UNESCO-listed Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, was originally founded under the name of Kesh, and was renamed Shahrisabz (Green City) by Tamerlane himself. Here one can see the ruins of Ak Saray (White Palace), built in the 14th century and one of Tamerlane’s most ambitious projects. The palace complex included a massive portal covered with incredible blue, white and gold ceramic tile mosaics and standing over 131 feet high. A large statue of Tamerlane (or Amir Timur, as he is known here) greets visitors to the palace. While much of the city is in ruins (with restoration work in progress), you can get a taste of the local flavor of this village by visiting its traditional bazaar and taking in the swirls of color made by women in traditional Uzbek clothing.
PUBLISHED: February 5, 2013