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Tashkent
Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент
Russian: Ташкент
International Business Center

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Tashkent is located in Uzbekistan
Tashkent
Location in Uzbekistan
Coordinates: 41°16′N 69°13′E / 41.267°N 69.217°E / 41.267; 69.217
CountryFlag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan
ProvinceTashkent Province
Settled5th to 3rd centuries BC
Government
 • MayorRakhmonbek Usmonov
Area
 • Total334.8 km2 (129.3 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total2,309,600
 • Density6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone  (UTC+5)
Websitehttp://tashkent.uz/
 
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Tashkent
Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент
Russian: Ташкент
International Business Center

Seal
Tashkent is located in Uzbekistan
Tashkent
Location in Uzbekistan
Coordinates: 41°16′N 69°13′E / 41.267°N 69.217°E / 41.267; 69.217
CountryFlag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan
ProvinceTashkent Province
Settled5th to 3rd centuries BC
Government
 • MayorRakhmonbek Usmonov
Area
 • Total334.8 km2 (129.3 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total2,309,600
 • Density6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone  (UTC+5)
Websitehttp://tashkent.uz/
View of Tashkent from space

Tashkent (/ˌtæʃˈkɛnt/; Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент [tɒʃˈkent]; Russian: Ташкент, [tɐʂˈkʲent]; literally "Stone City") is the capital of Uzbekistan and of the Tashkent Province. The officially registered population of the city in 2012 was about 2,309,300.[1]

History[edit]

During its long history, Tashkent has had various changes in names and political and religious affiliations.

Early history[edit]

Tashkent was settled by ancient people as an oasis on the Chirchik River, near the foothills of the West Tian Shan Mountains. In ancient times, this area contained Beitian, probably the summer "capital" of the Kangju confederacy.[2]

History as Chach[edit]

In pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, the town and the province were known as Chach. The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi also refers to the city as Chach. Later the town came to be known as Chachkand/Chashkand, meaning "Chach City".[citation needed]

The principality of Chach had a square citadel built here around the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, some 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of the Syr Darya River. By the 7th century AD, Chach had more than 30 towns and a network of over 50 canals, forming a trade center between the Sogdians and Turkic nomads. The Buddhist monk Xuánzàng 玄奘 (602/603? – 664 AD), who travelled from China to India through Central Asia, mentioned the name of the city as Zhěshí 赭時. The Chinese chronicles, Suí shū 隋書 (Book of Suí), Běi shǐ 北史 (History of Northern Dynasties) and Táng shū 唐書 (Book of Táng), mention a possession called Shí 石 or Zhěshí 赭時 with a capital of the same name since the fifth century AD [Bichurin, 1950. v. II].

In the early 8th century, the region was influenced by Islamic immigrants.

Islamic history[edit]

In the mid-seventh century, the Sasanian Persian Empire collapsed as a result of the Arab Muslim conquest of Persia. Under the Samanid dynasty (819–999), whose founder Saman Khuda was a Persian Zoroastrian convert to Islam, the city came to be known as Binkath. However, the Arabs retained the old name of Chach for the surrounding region, pronouncing it ash-Shash instead.

The modern Turkic name of Tashkent (City of Stone) comes from Kara-Khanid rule in the 10th century. (Tash in Turkic languages means stone. Kand, qand, kent, kad, kath, kud—all meaning a city—are derived from the Persian/Sogdian کنده kanda, meaning a town or a city. They are found in city names such as Samarkand, Yarkand, Penjikent, Khujand etc.). After the 16th century, the name evolved from Chachkand/Chashkand to Tashkand. The modern spelling of "Tashkent" reflects Russian orthography and 20th-century Soviet influence.

Mongol conquest and aftermath[edit]

The city was destroyed by Genghis Khan in 1219 and lost much of its population as a result of the Mongol's destruction of the Khwarezmid Empire in 1220. Under the Timurid and subsequent Shaybanid dynasties the city's population and culture gradually revived as a prominent strategic center of scholarship, commerce and trade along the Silk Road.

Kokand khanate[edit]

In 1809, Tashkent was annexed to the Khanate of Kokand. At the time, Tashkent had a population of around 100,000 and was considered the richest city in Central Asia. It prospered greatly through trade with Russia, but chafed under Kokand’s high taxes. The Tashkent clergy also favored the clergy of Bukhara over that of Kokand. However, before the Emir of Bukhara could capitalize on this discontent, the Russian army arrived.

Tsarist period[edit]

In May, 1865, Mikhail Grigorevich Chernyayev (Cherniaev), acting against the direct orders of the tsar, and outnumbered at least 15-1 staged a daring night attack against a city with a wall 25 kilometres (16 mi) long with 11 gates and 30,000 defenders. While a small contingent staged a diversionary attack, the main force penetrated the walls, led by a Russian Orthodox priest armed only with a crucifix. Although defense was stiff, the Russians captured the city after two days of heavy fighting and the loss of only 25 dead as opposed to several thousand of the defenders (including Alimqul, the ruler of the Kokand Khanate). Chernyayev, dubbed the "Lion of Tashkent" by city elders, staged a "hearts-and-minds" campaign to win the population over. He abolished taxes for a year, rode unarmed through the streets and bazaars meeting common people, and appointed himself "Military Governor of Tashkent", recommending to Tsar Alexander II that the city be made an independent khanate under Russian protection.

The Tsar liberally rewarded Chernyayev and his men with medals and bonuses, but regarded the impulsive general as a "loose cannon", and soon replaced him with General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman. Far from being granted independence, Tashkent became the capital of the new territory of Russian Turkistan, with Kaufman as first Governor-General. A cantonment and Russian settlement were built across the Ankhor Canal from the old city, and Russian settlers and merchants poured in. Tashkent was a center of espionage in the Great Game rivalry between Russia and the United Kingdom over Central Asia. The Turkestan Military District was established as part of the military reforms of 1874. The Trans-Caspian Railway arrived in 1889, and the railway workers who built it settled in Tashkent as well, bringing with them the seeds of Bolshevik Revolution.

Effect of the Russian revolution[edit]

With the fall of the Russian Empire, the Russian Provisional Government removed all civil restrictions based on religion and nationality, contributing to local enthusiasm for the February Revolution. The Tashkent Soviet of Soldiers' and Workers' Deputies was soon set up, but primarily represented Russian residents, who made up about a fifth of the Tashkent population. Muslim leaders quickly set up the Tashkent Muslim Council (Tashkand Shura-yi-Islamiya) based in the old city. On 10 March 1917, there was a parade with Russian workers marching with red flags, Russian soldiers singing La Marseillaise and thousands of local Central Asians. Following various speeches, Governor-General Aleksey Kuropatkin closed the events with words "Long Live a great free Russia".[3]

The First Turkestan Muslim Conference was held in Tashkent 16–20 April 1917. Like the Muslim Council, it was dominated by the Jadid, Muslim reformers. A more conservative faction emerged in Tashkent centered around the Ulema. This faction proved more successful during the local elections of July 1917. They formed an alliance with Russian conservatives, while the Soviet became more radical. The Soviet attempt to seize power in September 1917 proved unsuccessful.[4]

In April 1918, Tashkent became the capital of the Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkestan ASSR). The new regime was threatened by White forces, basmachi; revolts from within, and purges ordered from Moscow. In 1930 Tashkent fell within the borders of the Uzbek SSR, and became the capital of the Uzbek SSR, displacing Samarkand.

Soviet period[edit]

The city began to industrialize in the 1920s and 1930s.

Violating the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. The government worked to relocate factories from western Russia and Ukraine to Tashkent to preserve the Soviet industrial capacity. This led to great increase in industry during World War II.

It also evacuated most of the German communist emigres to Tashkent.[5] The Russian population increased dramatically; evacuees from the war zones increased the total population of Tashkent to well over a million. Russians and Ukrainians eventually comprised more than half of the total residents of Tashkent.[6] Many of the former refugees stayed in Tashkent to live after the war, rather than return to former homes.

During the postwar period, the Soviet Union established numerous scientific and engineering facilities in Tashkent.

On 26 April 1966, much of the old city was destroyed by a huge earthquake (7.5 on the Richter scale). More than 300,000 residents were left homeless. Some 78,000 poorly engineered homes were destroyed,[7] mainly in the densely packed areas of the old city, where traditional adobe housing predominated.[8] The Soviet republics, and some other countries such as Finland, sent "battalions of fraternal peoples” and urban planners to help rebuild devastated Tashkent. They created a model Soviet city of wide streets planted with shade trees, parks, immense plazas for parades, fountains, monuments, and acres of apartment blocks. About 100,000 new homes were built by 1970,[7] but the builders occupied many, rather than the homeless residents of Tashkent. Further development in the following years increased the size of the city with major new developments in the Chilonzor area, north-east and south-east of the city.[7]

At the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tashkent was the fourth-largest city in the USSR and a center of learning in the fields of science and engineering.

Due to the 1966 earthquake and the Soviet redevelopment, little architectural heritage has survived of Tashkent's ancient history. Few structures mark its significance as a trading point on the historic Silk Road.

Capital of Uzbekistan[edit]

Tashkent is the capital of and the most cosmopolitan city in Uzbekistan. It was noted for its tree-lined streets, numerous fountains, and pleasant parks, at least until the tree-cutting campaigns initiated in 2009 by local government.[9]

Since 1991, the city has changed economically, culturally, and architecturally. New development has superseded or replaced icons of the Soviet era. The largest statue ever erected for Lenin was replaced with a globe, featuring a geographic map of Uzbekistan. Buildings from the Soviet era have been replaced with new modern buildings. The "Downtown Tashkent" district includes the 22-story NBU Bank building, an Intercontinental Hotel, the International Business Center, and the Plaza Building.

The Tashkent Business district is a special district, established for the development of small, medium and large businesses in Uzbekistan.

In 2007, Tashkent was named the "cultural capital of the Islamic world" by Moscow News, as the city has numerous historic mosques and significant Islamic sites, including the Islamic University.[10] Tashkent holds the earliest written Qur'an, which has been located in Tashkent since 1924.[11]

Geography and climate[edit]

Tashkent and vicinity, satellite image Landsat 5, 2010-06-30
Tashkent
Climate chart (explanation)
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6
−3
 
 
47
 
8
−2
 
 
72
 
14
4
 
 
64
 
22
10
 
 
32
 
27
14
 
 
7.1
 
33
18
 
 
3.5
 
36
19
 
 
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34
17
 
 
4.5
 
29
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21
7
 
 
45
 
14
3
 
 
53
 
9
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: WMO[12]

Geography[edit]

Tashkent 41°18′N 69°16′E / 41.300°N 69.267°E / 41.300; 69.267 is situated in a well-watered plain to the west of the last Altai mountains[citation needed] on the road between Shymkent and Samarkand. Tashkent sits at the confluence of the Chirchik river and several of its tributaries and is built on deep alluvial deposits up to 15 metres (49 ft). The city is located in an active tectonic area suffering large numbers of tremors and some earthquakes. One earthquake in 1966 measured 7.5 on the Richter scale. The local time in Tashkent is UTC/GMT +5 hours.

Climate[edit]

Tashkent features a Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa)[13] with strong continental climate influences (Köppen: Dsa).[13] As a result Tashkent experiences cold and often snowy winters not typically associated with most Mediterranean climates and long, hot and dry summers. Winters are cold and often snowy, covering the months of December, January and February. Most precipitation occurs during these months which frequently falls as snow. On average, the city receives a total snowfall of 70 centimetres (28 inches) and 32 days with snow cover. The city experiences two peaks of precipitation in the early winter and spring. The slightly unusual precipitation pattern is partially due to its 500 m (roughly 1600 feet) altitude. Summers are long in Tashkent, usually lasting from May to September. Tashkent can be extremely hot during the months of July and August. The city also sees very little precipitation during the summer, particularly from June through September.

[14][15]

Climate data for Tashkent (1981–2010)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)22.2
(72)
25.7
(78.3)
32.5
(90.5)
36.4
(97.5)
39.9
(103.8)
43.0
(109.4)
44.6
(112.3)
43.1
(109.6)
39.8
(103.6)
37.5
(99.5)
31.1
(88)
27.3
(81.1)
44.6
(112.3)
Average high °C (°F)6.2
(43.2)
8.1
(46.6)
14.0
(57.2)
22.1
(71.8)
27.1
(80.8)
33.2
(91.8)
35.8
(96.4)
34.2
(93.6)
29.0
(84.2)
21.4
(70.5)
14.4
(57.9)
8.9
(48)
21.2
(70.17)
Daily mean °C (°F)1.8
(35.2)
3.4
(38.1)
9.0
(48.2)
16.1
(61)
20.3
(68.5)
25.6
(78.1)
27.7
(81.9)
25.9
(78.6)
20.9
(69.6)
14.5
(58.1)
9.1
(48.4)
4.5
(40.1)
14.9
(58.82)
Average low °C (°F)−2.6
(27.3)
−1.4
(29.5)
4.0
(39.2)
10.1
(50.2)
13.5
(56.3)
17.9
(64.2)
19.6
(67.3)
17.5
(63.5)
12.7
(54.9)
7.5
(45.5)
3.7
(38.7)
0.1
(32.2)
8.55
(47.4)
Record low °C (°F)−28
(−18)
−25.6
(−14.1)
−16.9
(1.6)
−6.3
(20.7)
−1.7
(28.9)
3.8
(38.8)
8.2
(46.8)
3.4
(38.1)
0.1
(32.2)
−11.2
(11.8)
−22.1
(−7.8)
−29.5
(−21.1)
−29.5
(−21.1)
Precipitation mm (inches)57.8
(2.276)
57.2
(2.252)
64.8
(2.551)
59.8
(2.354)
40.9
(1.61)
10.8
(0.425)
3.5
(0.138)
1.9
(0.075)
5.9
(0.232)
29.3
(1.154)
41.3
(1.626)
53.6
(2.11)
426.8
(16.803)
Snowfall cm (inches)30
(11.8)
20
(7.9)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
20
(7.9)
70
(27.6)
Avg. precipitation days11.19.611.49.57.03.21.30.71.54.87.39.576.9
Avg. snowy days13810000000.22832.2
 % humidity73686260534039424557667356.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours117.8127.1164.3216.0303.8363.0384.4365.8300.0226.3150.0105.42,823.9
Source: Centre of Hydrometeorological Service of Uzbekistan,[16] World Meteorological Organisation,[12] Pogoda.ru.net (record low and record high temperatures),[17] Hong Kong Observatory (mean monthly sunshine hours)[18]

Demographics[edit]

At 1983, the population of Tashkent amounted 1,902,000 people living in a municipal area of 256 km2 (99 sq mi). At 1991, the number of permanent residents of the capital had grown to approximately 2,136,600. Tashkent was the fourth most populated city in the former USSR, after Moscow, Leningrad (St. Petersburg), and Kiev. Nowadays, Tashkent maintains the status of the fourth most populous city in the space of the CIS and Baltic countries. The population of city was 2295.3 thousand people in 2004.[19]

As of 2008, the national structure of Tashkent was as follows:

Districts[edit]

City districts of Tashkent
Streets of Tashkent

Tashkent is currently divided into the following districts (Uzbek: Tuman):

NrDistrictPopulation
(2009)[20]
Area
(km²)[20]
Density
(area/km²)[20]
Map
1Bektemir27,50020.51,341Tashkent District 1 - Bektemir.png
2Chilanzar217,00030.07,233Tashkent District 2 - Chilanzar.png
3Hamza204,80033.76,077Tashkent District 3 - Hamza.png
4Mirobod122,70017.17,175Tashkent District 4 - Mirobod.png
5Mirzo Ulugbek245,20031.97,687Tashkent District 5 - Mirzo Ulugbek.png
6Sergeli149,00056.02,661Tashkent District 6 - Sergeli.png
7Shaykhontohur285,80027.210,507Tashkent District 7 - Shaykhontohur.png
8Olmazar305,40034.58,852Tashkent District 8 - Olmazar.png
9Uchtepa237,00028.28,404Tashkent District 9 - Uchtepa.png
10Yakkasaray115,20014.67,890Tashkent District 10 - Yakkasaray.png
11Yunusabad296,70041.17,219Tashkent District 11 - Yunusabad.png

At the time of the Tsarist take over it had four districts (Uzbek daha):

  1. Beshyoghoch
  2. Kukcha
  3. Shaykhontokhur
  4. Sebzor

In 1940 it had the following districts (Russian район):

  1. Oktyabr
  2. Kirov
  3. Stalin
  4. Frunze
  5. Lenin
  6. Kuybishev

By 1981 they were reorganized into:[7]

  1. Bektemir
  2. Akmal-Ikramov (Uchtepa)
  3. Khamza (Hamza)
  4. Lenin (Mirobod)
  5. Kuybishev (Mirzo Ulugbek)
  6. Sergeli
  7. Oktober (Shaykhontokhur)
  8. Sobir Rakhimov (Olmazar)
  9. Chilanzar
  10. Frunze (Yakkasaray)
  11. Kirov (Yunusabad)

Main sights[edit]

Prince Romanov Palace.
Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Museum of Applied Arts.
The Museum of History of Timurids.

Due to the destruction of most of the ancient city during the 1917 revolution and, later, to the 1966 earthquake, little remains of Tashkent's traditional architectural heritage. Tashkent is, however, rich in museums and Soviet-era monuments. They include:

The Russian Orthodox church in Amir Temur Square, built in 1898, was demolished in 2009. It is necessary to note that this building was not used as religious building since the 1920s due to the antireligious campaign conducted by Bolshevik (communist) government from Moscow across the former Soviet Union. During the Soviet period the building was used for different non-religious purposes; after independence it was a bank.

Tashkent also has a World War II memorial park and a Defender of Motherland monument.[22][23][24]

Education[edit]

Most important scientific institutions of Uzbekistan, such as the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, are located in Tashkent. There are several universities and institutions of higher learning:

Media[edit]

Moreover, there are digital broadcasting system available in Tashkent which is unique in Central Asia.

Transportation[edit]

Sport[edit]

Maksim Shatskikh, a striker for the Uzbekistan national football team, is from Tashkent

Football is the most popular sport in Tashkent, with the most prominent football clubs being FC Pakhtakor Tashkent and FC Bunyodkor, both of which compete in the Uzbek League. Footballers Maksim Shatskikh, Peter Odemwingie and Vassilis Hatzipanagis were born in the city.

Cyclist Djamolidine Abdoujaparov was born in the city, while tennis player Denis Istomin was raised there. Akgul Amanmuradova and Iroda Tulyaganova are notable female tennis players from Tashkent.

Gymnasts Alina Kabayeva and Alexander Shatilov were also born in the city.

Former world champion and Olympic bronze medalist sprint canoer in the K-1 500 m event Michael Kolganov was also born in Tashkent.[27]

Natella Teller of Tashkent won an Olympic medal in Badminton.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Tashkent is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Jeff Sahadeo, Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, Indiana University Press, 2007, p188
  4. ^ Rex A. Wade, The Russian Revolution, 1917, Cambridge University Press, 2005
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  8. ^ Nurtaev Bakhtiar (1998). "Damage for buildings of different type.". Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Good bye the Tashkent Public Garden!". Ferghana.Ru. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Moscow News – World – Tashkent Touts Islamic University". Mnweekly.ru. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2009. [dead link]
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  12. ^ a b "World Weather Information Service – Tashkent". World Meteorological Organisation. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Updated Asian map of the Köppen climate classification system
  14. ^ Tashkent Travel. "Tashkent weather forecast". Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  15. ^ Happy-Tellus.com. "Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel information". Helsinki, Finland: Infocenter International Ltd. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Climate Data for Tashkent". Centre of Hydrometeorological Service. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Weather and Climate-The Climate of Tashkent" (in Russian). Weather and Climate. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Climatological Normals of Tashkent". Hong Kong Observatory. August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "ТАШКЕНТ (город)". Dic.academic.ru. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  20. ^ a b c (Russian) Statistics of the subdivisions of Tashkent
  21. ^ MacWilliams, Ian (5 January 2006). "Tashkent's hidden Islamic relic". BBC News. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  22. ^ uznews.net, Tashkent's central park is history, 25 November 2009
  23. ^ Army memorial dismantled in Tashkent, 24 November 2009
  24. ^ Ferghana.ru, МИД России указал послу Узбекистана на обеспокоенность «Наших», 16 January 2010 (Russian)
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  27. ^ "Sports-reference.com". Sports-reference.com. 1974-10-24. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  28. ^ "Berlin - City Partnerships". Der Regierende Bürgermeister Berlin. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  29. ^ "Seoul - Sister Cities [via WayBackMachine]". Seoul Metropolitan Government (archived 2012-04-25). Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  30. ^ "International Cooperation: Sister Cities". Seoul.go.kr. Archived from the original on 10 December 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 

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Coordinates: 41°16′N 69°13′E / 41.267°N 69.217°E / 41.267; 69.217