Category Archives: Uzbekistan

Spotlight on Uzbekistan’s 5 Amazing World Heritage Sites

Spotlight on Uzbekistan’s 5 Amazing World Heritage Sites

One of the most important hubs on the legendary Silk Road trading route and a vibrant center for the meeting and mixing of different people and traditions, Uzbekistan is an ancient country with a rich cultural legacy. Of its many fascinating historical sites, five are officially inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites: four… Continue Reading

New Film Shines a Light on the Amazing Life of Ulugh Beg

New Film Shines a Light on the Amazing Life of Ulugh Beg

The astonishing legacy of a long-forgotten Uzbek ruler, scholar, and scientist is finally being shared with a modern, global audience thanks to a new biographical feature film from executive producers Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev. Ulugh Beg: The Man Who Unlocked the Universe tells the incredible story of Mirza Muhammad Taraghay bin Shahrukh, better known… Continue Reading

A Look at the Different Types of Gymnastics

A Look at the Different Types of Gymnastics

The Uzbek Federation of Gymnastics was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2005 with the goal of raising the profile of gymnastics in Uzbekistan: a goal that, according to current participation figures, is not only being met, but dramatically exceeded. In 2009, just 2,500 Uzbek children were involved in some form of gymnastics; at present, more… Continue Reading

5 Stunning Historic and Natural Treasures in Uzbekistan

5 Stunning Historic and Natural Treasures in Uzbekistan

As Uzbekistan’s envoy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva works to increase global awareness of her nation’s heritage. Researchers believe that human beings inhabited the area now known as Uzbekistan by the Paleolithic Period, perhaps as long as 70,000 years ago. Later, the rich agricultural lands of the Amu… Continue Reading

10 Things You Need to Know about Oksana Chusovitina

10 Things You Need to Know about Oksana Chusovitina

In August 2016, Uzbek athlete Oksana Chusovitina made history at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Not only was the then-41-year-old the oldest female gymnast to compete at the Olympics, but she was also among the oldest-ever Olympic athletes in any sport and was competing at the Games for an unprecedented seventh consecutive… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites

What You Need to Know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Uzbekistan is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites: the historic center of the medieval city of Bukhara; the historic center of Shakhrisyabz, with its collection of exceptional monuments; Itchan Kala, the inner fortress of the oasis of Khiva; the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Samarkand; and the Western Tien-Shan, part of one of the world’s… Continue Reading

The Fascinating History of Gymnastics in Uzbekistan

The Fascinating History of Gymnastics in Uzbekistan

Although it’s only recently – within the last decade or two – that gymnastics has become hugely popular in Uzbekistan, the sport’s origins in the country stretch back more than a century. Read on to learn about some of the biggest historical milestones in the development of gymnastics in Uzbekistan.   Pre-20th Century: Before the… Continue Reading

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