Discover Tashkent. Uzbekistan' vibrant capital sat at the heart of the old Central Asian trading routes, gaining prominence under the Mongols and the Shabanids, before finally being absorbed by the expansionist policies of the Russian empire during the 19th century. Today Tashkent is a modern city of over 3 million inhabitants and Central Asia's main hub. Tashkent is also known as an ancient city on the Great Silk Road. The cultural tour of Tashkent begins at the massive Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial. Proceed into Khast Imam Complex, the religious center of the city and home to many exquisite mosques, monuments and madrasas (centers of Islamic learning) dating back to the 15th century. View the blue-domed Barak-Khan Madrasa with its imposing gateway and the Muyi Muborak Madrasa housing elaborate ancient manuscripts, also preserves the world’s oldest existing Quran (Kuran) book, marked with the blood of the same Caliph Osman, who was assassinated in 655 (VII). Passing the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and Tillya Sheih Mosque you arrive at the bustling Chorsu Bazaar (Eski Juva) with its bright green dome – acres of spices, sweets, fresh-baked bread and crafts await you. Wandering through this giant marketplace is a fantastic way to see locals going about their daily lives. Ride the Tashkent metro and admire the lavish decorations, a legacy of the former Soviet Union. A brief tour of Tashkent’s metro system will reveal some beautiful stations. After lunch at the Central Asian plov center, continue the tour with nearby sight, Memory of the Victims of the Repressions square. Uzbekistan went through several horrors before becoming the independent country we know today. By exploring the museum, you will find out Uzbekistan's past and most importantly, about the repression Uzbekistan suffered by the tsarist and the Soviet eras. It is the only museum in central Asia that immortalizes the memory of the people who sacrificed for the freedom of a nation during Stalin's repression. The museum is situated in a calm and nice place to take a stroll down the river across the bridge and through the green area. The striking new Minor Mosque, also known as the white mosque for the color of its marble, is proof that Uzbekistan still knows how to create sublime Islamic architecture. The lovely circular prayer hall has a beautifully ornate mihrab (a niche indicating the direction of Mecca) and the ceiling. Then visit one of the following museums the Museum of Applied Arts occupying a home with bright carvings and decorative ceramics. The State Museum of History of Uzbekistan provides an introduction to the country and the region in general, from the Silk Road era, Soviet and Independent times. Proceed to the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre built in neoclassical style. Theatre Square with its shady chestnut alleys, well-groomed flower beds and cooling fountains has been for a long time one of the favorite rest places of Tashkent’s residents. The Independence Square and the Amir Timur Square are great for an evening stroll in the center. Every night, Tashkent’s center is illuminated with colorful light installations. Sailgokh Street – locals call “Broadway” – is lined with funfair-style games and street performers. It has street artists and painters displaying their artworks. Broadway is the very center of Tashkent and connects two main squares- Independence Square and Amir Temur. Broadway is dotted with shopping centers, boutiques, fashion shops, cafes, and restaurants. Visit the final sights of Tashkent the Palace of International Forums of Uzbekistan and Iconic Clock Tower of Tashkent! This clock tower is symbolic of victory day, was built in 1947. Conclude the day with dinner at a local restaurant.