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Some of the world’s most notorious leaders have passed through its gates – Timur, Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to name a few.  Istravshan or Ura-Tyube controlled the Silk Road trade in its early days, and attracted a large number of skilled merchants and craftsmen who built and rebuilt many beautiful mosque, madrassas, temples and homes throughout the centuries.  Today, the city is a quiet museum that showcases over 2,500 years of the region’s history.   Visitors usually need to find the man with the key to see inside places like this one here.  It’s always good to add a donation if there’s a box at the entrance.

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