Samarkand is one of the oldest and largest cities on the Great Silk Road; it has always been a strategic goal for conquerors. After the invasion of the army of Genghis Khan in 1220, the city was completely destroyed and most of the population was exterminated.
At the end of the 19th century, Russian archaeologists first conducted archaeological research on the territory of the ancient settlement. The hillfort gets a new life and its own name - Afrasiab.
In the spring of 1965, as a result of excavations, the greatest discovery in the history of Sogd was made. Archaeologists found the remains of the ruler’s palace, which dates back to the VI century. The result of 3 years of research was the opening of the "Hall of Ambassadors." Today the wall painting of the “Hall of Ambassadors” is the main exhibit of the Museum of the History of Samarkand.
The exposition of the museum covers the period of Samarkand from the V century BC XIII century A.D.
Museum of Culture History