Tashkent IMP Places - 1. The Old City - tourists can visit state-protected and partially restored monuments: Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI – XIX) and Barakhan Madrasah (XVI), Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum (XVI), stroll through and shop in the bustle of old city market (Chor-Su Market) or wander through the narrow streets of old Tashkent, where it seems that time has stood still for 200 years. 2.The Square of People’s Friendship - an architectural complex including a huge concert hall, the unique parliament building, the sculptural family group of blacksmith Shamakmudov who during World War II adopted 15 orphans, a park with an artificial lake and a monument devoted to Alisher Navoi and the Abulkasim Sheikh Madrasah (XIX) – a must-see destination for traditional Uzbek craft- and souvenir-lovers. 3. The Museum of Applied Arts, where more than 4 thousand artefacts and exhibits (ceramics, gold embroidery, carpets, wood-carvings, miniatures, silks and jewellery) of the best master craftsmen from all over Uzbekistan can be seen. The museum is set in the Palace of the Russian diplomat Polovtsev who built it in XIX. The palace has a magnificent interior decorated with coloured ganche (stucco), fretwork and wood carvings. 4. The Independence Square - Amir Timur Park. Independence Square (former Lenin Square) is situated in the downtown of the city. Here on the spacious spot near the Monument of Independence all official holidays and parades are held and celebrated. The Square is surrounded on the south by office buildings (The Cabinet of Ministers – government of Uzbekistan) and a number of the Ministries (tower building on the north) with the Upper Chamber of Uzbekistan parliament building (currently under construction) locking it on the west and a picturesque cascade of fountains on the east. Strolling down the streets one can easily get to the mounted statue of Tamerlane (Amir Timur) positioned in the centre of the Amir Temur Square. The street is renowned for its chain of relatively cheap and efficient local-cuisine cafes, souvenir shops, karaoke centres and other tourist attractions. Here one can buy various souvenirs, get oneself portrayed “within a moment” by an artist or buy oil paintings. The street ends up with a small green park, in centre of which is a statue of the great commander and statesman of medieval Uzbekistan - Tamerlane. Situated nearby is the State Museum of the History of the Timurids, opened in 1996. 5. Tashkent is the only city in Central Asia that has the underground (Metro). Construction started in 1973 and by 1977 the primary line of 9 stations was made operational. By 1984 the second line had been completed. Now the Tashkent underground is 47 km long. The one who has seen exquisite interiors of the Tashkent underground stations could undoubtedly say that he has seen one of the most beautiful Metros of the world. .