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Chor Chinor Garden in Urgut

Chor Chinor Garden, Urgut

There are magic and mystical places around the world surrounded by ancient legends and stories. One of these places is a Chor Chinor garden in a small ancient city Urgut, 50 km to the south-east of Samarkand. Chor Chinor is translated from Tajik language as "four sycamore trees".

The place is famous with its unusual sycamores. The age of the oldest sycamore tree is more than 1160 years, and the youngest one is 600 years old. It is to mention a giant tree, a real titan, 16 meters in girth. The most interesting is inside the tree hollow. The carved door reveals a hidden room with minimalistic collection of furniture. Nevertheless, the sycamore is alive and continues to grow. Once there was a Sufi school inside the tree, and served as a haunting place for few generations of the dervish.

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Entering the garden, you will find yourself in a magic world with unique aura, as if in another dimension. People come here with their problems searching for peace and wisdom.

There are different legends related to the Chor Chinor garden. According one of them the founder of the garden is a mighty batir (hero) who had stolen magic stone from evil spirits and built it on this very spot. As soon as he placed the cobble stone, the spring waters came out. The hero decided to plant four cuttings of sycamore that were brought to him by four beautiful birds. These sycamore trees outlived the centuries, and turned into a wonderful grove.


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