This week the Euronews channel in the program “Postcards from Uzbekistan” showed a story about one of the historical cities of Uzbekistan in the city of Kokand. Leading programs went to the Fergana Valley to get to know more about the sights of the east.
First of all, the correspondents of the Euronews channel went to the palace of Khudoyar Khan, considered to be the largest palace of Central Asia at one time. It was built by the Khan of the city in the period 1863-1875, at the place of ancient fortress ruins. The name can be translated as “an amazing, wonderful city”. And this place has every right to be so called, when you see the majestic facade with your own eyes, even for our days you will be amazed by the size and skill of the ancient masters.
Initially, there were 114 rooms, but unfortunately, only 19 rooms and 4 patios have survived to this day. However, restorers and artists of our and other countries work on a daily basis, and by the slightest centimeters restore all the beauty of ancient architecture.
The first mention of the city was found in the chronicles of a Chinese traveler. According to historians, he visited the city in 138 BC to ask for help in the war against the Huns who plundered the country in the North of China. In defense of them, The Great Wall of China was built.
In the XVIII century, Kokand was subject to the siege of Genghis Khan and his troops, after that the residents took a long time to rebuild the city. So the Kokand Khanate appeared as a religious center where more than 300 mosques were built.
Through a series of wars, the city became part of the Russian Empire and was later recognized as the center of the Turkestan autonomy.
The video can be found on the Euronews website: http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/13/visiting-uzbekistan-s-khudayar-khan-palace