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A magnificant portal - the only remnant from the palace

The gate, which is the only outstanding remnant, is part of a large complex that includes two other... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2018
Gad N
this must have been amazing once

This complex just shows how great buildings must have been century's ago. It is worth a visit as... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Peter R
Buderim, Australia
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Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

The gate, which is the only outstanding remnant, is part of a large complex that includes two other ensembles: the tomb intended for Amir Timur and the mausoleum for his sons, and the Kok Gumbaz mosque. The complex consists of a large park and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gad N
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Not much remains of the palace, but what does is truly impressive. Towering abutments for the superlative arch (now gone) tell how magnificent it once was. We visited on a Sunday and were inundated in wedding parties taking photos. Lots of very pretty women dressed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

This complex just shows how great buildings must have been century's ago. It is worth a visit as the remains are still spectacular despite the statue to Tamerlane. The history is very interesting as to the structure.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter R
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Avoid at all costs. 2 hours from Samarkand, don’t let anyone tell you different!! You can view the entire site in 5 mins, if you walk very very slowly. The entire surrounding newly developed area is like being in some dusty American town, with terrible...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank markcarpetman
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

While the remains of the summer palace and the nearby mausoleums are worthwhile for those interested in architecture and history, the rather long trip over sometimes very bad roads is maybe not worth it for others (Although when you drive around the mountains, you do...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sosthen
Reviewed 14 June 2018

This attraction was recommended by a local guy, who drove me to the hotel when I arrived Samarkand, for USD80. Although it was under the Unesco heritage list, this attraction and the Kok-Gumbaz mosque were usually overlooked because of lack of promotion or advertising by...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Wilfred P
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Only a part of the main gates to the palace are left but there is enough remaining to give you a sense of the scale and beauty of the palace. The gates haven't been restored but there is enough of the original tiling left that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kiwitraveler59
Reviewed 30 May 2018

The monument, the walls / entrance to the ancient palace are only half as high as they used to be. Now they rise to about 35 meters - original structure was 70 meters high. Amazing.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Lovetotraveldubai
Reviewed 24 March 2018

This place is difficult to rate. First of all, you have the magnificent remains of the Timur palace, even though there is not too much left, you can get a feel of how it must have been. On the other side, unfortunately, you have the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank GilSF_Cat
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Took a day trip from Samarkand to Shakhrizabz and it was well worth the time. Nice 2+ hour ride through the mountains with some nice stops along the way. Ak-Saray itself is like Samarkand, but with a smaller more manageable scale, which was very appealing....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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