Tashkent Metro – Journey in the Art Gallery

Translated by Gokhan KORKMAZ

While you are strolling through the metro stations in Tashkent you feel as if you are in an art gallery. Each station’s architecture and decorations reflects a different theme, each showing some aspects of Uzbekistan’s history and culture.

The first station to be built was Mustaqilliq Maydoni (Independence Square).  The marble used in its construction was brought from the Kizil Kum desert in western Uzbekistan. Numerous chandeliers illuminate the platform. The stars on the marble floor are attributed to Ulug Bey, who was a leader, scientist, astrologer and grandchild of Amir Timur and has a very important place in the history of Uzbekistan.

Pakhtakor (Cotton Worker), the second station, displays cotton motif ceramics, Uzbekistan’s most important product.

Alisher Navoi Station was named after the famous poet, the father of Uzbek literature. The walls of the station are adorned with scenes inspired by the poet’s famous poems. On the walls you can see the characters like Farhad and Shirin, Layla and Majnun.

Kosmonavtlar (Cosmonauts) Station is dedicated to space travel. Images of Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, respectively, the first Russian astronaut and the first female astronaut who have ever been to the space, are pictured on the walls. The dark-colored ceiling of the station also allows you to feel yourself in the sky by dimming the light.

In Bodomzor Station ceramics, bread and spice motifs, two of the most important products in Uzbek daily life are depicted.

As you can see, each station has a separate story. Now that we have touched base on a few themes, let us watch them on videos.


It is forbidden to take photographs at the stations and therefore it is not possible to take and share photographs as a tourist. The photographs herein were taken by Uzbek Photographer Kamil Yenikeev for a special project. I thank him very much for giving me permission to use his photos on our blog.

The construction of the Tashkent metro started between 1968 and 1970. The first line, Chilanzar, was opened to service in 1977 with a length of 12 km and nine stations. Under the experience of a severe earthquake occurred in 1966 in Tashkent, the metro was constructed to be durable against a magnitude of 9 according to the Richter scale.

Today, three lines operate.
If you want to look more closely at the pictures of the other stations in addition to those we told their stories, here they are…

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