Museum of Islam Karimov: in memory of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Since March 24, 1990, Islam Abduganievich Karimov was the first president of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He was born on January 30, 1938 in the city of Samarkand. The president ruled the state for a long 25 years and devoted all these years to a comprehensive improvement in the life of his people. Along with his active social and political activities, he wrote many books devoted to the Motherland, spirituality and the development of the people. His most famous works are: "Uzbekistan: its way of renewal and progress", "Homeland is sacred for everyone", "High spirituality is an invincible force" and many other books.
I.A. Karimov died on September 2, 2016 at the age of 78. This event shocked the people of Uzbekistan and many other countries. From all corners of the world letters of condolences and sorrow were coming. I.A. Karimov was buried on September 3, 2016 in his hometown Samarkand in the territory of the "Khazret-Khizr" memorial building. This complex is located at the intersection of the central Samarkand streets Tashkent and Shahizinda.
Events held for the birthday of I.A. Karimov
In two main cities of Uzbekistan - Tashkent and Samarkand, the following buildings were built and opened for the birthday of the first president:
- On January 30, 2017, the Oksaroy residence (former president's workplace) began its work as a museum. In it, numerous visitors get acquainted with albums, interesting objects, photographs from the president's personal life and other materials related to the life and work of I.A. Karimov. In August of the same year the first monument to the president was opened in front of the museum. The sculpture was executed by the well-known architect Ilkhom Zhabborov, whose other works include sunch famous monuments as the Independence Monument on Mustakillik Square and the monument to Amir Temur, located on the central square.
- On January 30, 2018 a mausoleum on the burial site of I.A. Karimov was built in the city of Samarkand. 8 meters high, the mausoleum is fully decorated with precious stones and gilding, and the tombstone is made of white onyx. The heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belarus and other countries came to pay tribute to the memory of the first president.
A huge number of people of Uzbekistan and foreign tourists visit the museum of I.A. Karimov in Tashkent and the mausoleum in Samarkand every day. The memory of the first president is forever immortalized in these walls, and most importantly, in the hearts and souls of people coming to get acquainted with the life of the president and pay tribute to the memory of the great head of country.
The gates to the monument open at 08.30, but the museum itself opens at 10.00. Admission is free, there are guides in Uzbek, Russian and English, also free of charge.