Historical Tour to Gissar Fortress in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s famous historical site, the Gissar Fortress, has become a popular destination amongst tourists worldwide.

The fortress, which is located 26 km from the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe and it was once used as a passing route by caravans of the Great Silk Road.

The gates of the fortress were built 500 years ago in the place of 16 destroyed fortifications. The history of the Gissar city, which used to be the capital of the East-Bukhara Emirate, dates back to ancient times.

Gissar Historical and Cultural Reserve senior staff, Akmal Khamidov said, an 8,000-year-old culture of Stone Age was found in Gissar in 1946 by an archeologist, Aleksey Pavlovich Okladnikov.

“His team also found a 4,200-year-old grave of the Bronze Age in the Gissar fortress. This proves that this place is very ancient and has a very rich history,” he said.

In the 6th century BC, Gissar was part of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Two centuries later, the fortress became part of the Seleucid Empire followed by the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom.

Currently, restoration works of the Gissar fortress are being conducted. Last year, the area was visited by over 9,000 international tourists.

“This is my first visit to Dushanbe. I have been interested in this region’s history for a very long time. I haven’t had enough time to explore the entire Gissar fortress, but I am aware that this place is an important cultural monument for the people from Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan,” tourist from France, Notih Torabi said.

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