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Cholpon-ota Elevation

Chupan-ata Hill is about 800 hectares and has a height of 826 m above sea level. Top of Chupan-Ata Samarkand is above 100 meters, which illustrates a beautiful view of the city. Chupan-ata is a legendary and cult place for the residents of Samarkand. According to the myth more than a thousand years before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad countryside to the north-east of the city was a plain. Brutal foreign conquerors approached the town, intending to destroy its inhabitants. Samarkand dwellers, being at that time pagans asked their gods to protect them, but they did not support their requests. Then the townspeople broke all the idols, and began to ask a help from Allah. "God of heaven and earth, east and west," listened to their prayers and at the night before the storm destroyed the army of invaders by hitting a huge stone, moved from the mountains of Syria. Then in the morning residents of Samarkand being saved from the enemy went to look at the mountain appeared out from nowhere and found there a sleeping shepherd. The old man, called Chulpan-ata (Shepherd's father), began to be revered as the savior of the city and protector of herdsmen.  


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Samarkand region, Samarkand city


on the north-eastern outskirts of Samarkand


Zerafshan River

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Site of an ancient town Kanka
Monuments of Akhsikent
Site of an ancient town Shoshtepa
Khanbandi Dam
Zaraut-Kamar Petroglyphs
Site of an ancient town Varakhsha
Site of an ancient town Paikend
Talipach Gate
Cave of Amir Timur
The fortress Kirk-Kiz
Site of an ancient town Dalverzin Tepe
Buddhist complex Karatepa
Buddhist Stupa Zurmala
Dzharakuduk ("Stone Forest")
The Fortress Big Guldursun
Site of an ancient town Ayaz-Kala
Site of an ancient town Kazakly-jatkan (Akshahan-kala)
Cholpon-ota Elevation
Site of an ancient town Yerkurgan
Petroglyphs of Sarmyshsay
Buddhist monuments of Termez
Ming Urik the ancient city
Kyzyl-kala fortress
Chilpik-Kala fortress
Janpik - Kala fortress
Koyrylgan-kala fortress
Ancient settlement of Shahrukhia
Aktepa Yunus-Abad
Ancient Settlement Afrasiab

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