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The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Uzbekistan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Uzbekistan.
Currencie(s): Uzbekistani so'm
Corruption: Uzbekistan has a corruption score of 77 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Uzbekistan, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Uzbekistan is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.
Uzbekistan is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.17 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Samarqand is 20.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan scores a -6/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 15 and 15°C (59 and 59°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 28.46 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Uzbekistan. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.