Uzbekistan is a republic in central Asia with 28 million inhabitants. The country borders on Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The landscape is determined by the centrally located deserts, the Oest-Joert plateau in the west, the southern hilly landscapes and steppes. To the east the mountain ranges and the Fergana valley. Furthermore, three large lakes and rivers. The climate is strictly continental and very dry. The capital Tashkent has 2 million inhabitants. Tashkent used to be an important point on the silk route between Europe and Asia. Sights include the Alisher Navoi theater, Khast Imam mosque, the Amir Temur monument, Boghi Eram leisure park, Oloy Bozori central market, the Chorsu Bazaar, the various mausoleums. The city of Nurata, with the remains of the military fortress of Alexander the Great and Baysun with many ancient traditions. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes the historic centers of the cities of Bukhara, Sachrisabz and Khiva (Itsjan Kala), "the crossroads of cultures" the city of Samarkand, the Registran square with three madrassas, the Bibi-Khanum, the old Shah- cemetery i-Zinda and Gur-e Amir, the mausoleum of Timoer Lenk. Other places of interest are the silk route, Sarmisch-Say, with 5000 rock drawings from the Bronze Age and the tragic city of Moynak near the dried up Aral lake.

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