UNESCO World Heritage for Uzbekistan

UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent some of the best natural, cultural and historic attractions in world travel. Below are details of the 5 cultural, natural and mixed sites inscribed for Uzbekistan to date (a red World Heritage symbol denotes a site currently regarded as endangered). For more details of these properties, click on the links to the UNESCO website and the photographic galleries of these sites from OurPlace (where available) or see our highlights of Uzbekistan for descriptions. Also, check out UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage for Uzbekistan below.


1990 - Itchan Kala
1993 - Historic Centre of Bukhara
2000 - Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
2001 - Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures
2016 - Western Tien-Shan


Intangible Cultural Heritage

Recently UNESCO has begun to document the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage which includes "traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts". The current listings for Uzbekistan are shown below - click on the links for more details.


Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

2008 - Cultural space of Boysun District
2008 - Shashmaqom music
2009 - Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz
2009 - Katta Ashula