Samarkand Square to open in France's Digne-les-Bains

29 Aug 2011

Samarkand Square to open in France’s Digne-les-Bains

A new square named after Samarkand will be opened in the French city of Digne-les-Bains. A decision to this effect was made by the city mayor’s office and the regional council in the run-up-to the 20th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence.

On 25-29 August, as part of the Independence Day celebrations, the representative office of Uzbekistan to UNESCO arranged the country’s participation in the 90th international exhibition, Foire de la Lavande, held in Digne-les-Bains (Alpes de Haute Provence).

Commenting on the opening of Samarkand Square in Digne-les-Bains the deputy mayor of Digne-les-Bains, the director-general of the exhibition, Bernard Teyssier, said that “We can call it a present to the people of Uzbekistan”.

“I would like to use this opportunity to sincerely congratulate the people of Uzbekistan on their national holiday, the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence, and wish them peace and further prosperity.”

A teacher at the specialized college on economics in Alpes de Haute Provence, Isabel Dormont said: “We discovered Uzbekistan for ourselves for the first time last year thanks to the country’s stand at the exhibition, and we immediately decided to visit Uzbekistan’s famous historic cities. Our dreams came true in 2011 when we visited your country, which has rich historical heritage.”


“It is with great delight that we welcome the opening of the new Samarkand Square in Digne-les-Bains and hope that the name of our city will also be awarded to one of the streets or squares in the ancient capital of Amir Temur. As your young country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its independence, we sincerely wish all people of Uzbekistan well-being and prosperity.”

Marie Claire, education assistant at the Alpes de Haute Provence regional council:

“I always tell everyone that should I decide to move from France somewhere else one day, it will certainly be
to Uzbekistan. I sincerely congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence, and wish all the best and successes to the hard working Uzbek people.”

Uzbekistan’s stand at the exhibition displayed the items of the applied and fine arts, including ceramics, national frescoes, miniatures, carpets, silk, suzane (national embroidery), paintings and national costumes.

A presentation of Uzbekistan’s economic and tourism potential was held as part of the event. La Provence paper published articles on Uzbekistan’s historical and cultural heritage as well as tourism potential. Special features on Uzbekistan were broadcast on Alpes de Haute Provence radio.