Istiklol Palace


Formerly the People’s Friendship Palace, this concert hall is one of several striking Soviet-era buildings in Navoi Park. It looks like a moon-landing station from a 1950s film set.

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1. Navoi Park

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2. Wedding Palace

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Southeast of the Friendship Palace is the Soviet-era Wedding Palace – a vulgar, crooked chunk of Khrushchev-era concrete.

3. Oliy Majlis

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4. Alisher Navoi Monument

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7. Museum of Applied Arts

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8. Sheikhantaur Mausoleum Complex

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