Central Asia is a region that has historically served as a point of diverse political and cultural trade between eastern Asia, the Arab world, and the Mediterranean area. Uzbekistan is located in the heart of this crossroads region and was a major node along the Silk Route beginning in the fourth century BCE. The country is located amid mountains, river valleys, wetlands, and lowland deserts, with a rich diversity of landscapes and natural resources. Uzbekistan has numerous built treasures reflecting its vast history that includes the rise of multiple empires and religious and cultural influences. Following its earliest history as a trading capital on the Silk Route during the rule of Alexander the Great, it continued to flourish as a monumental capital of Islamic ...

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