Akhsikent Settlement - the largest archaeological site of Fergana Valley, located near the village Shahand in Turakurgan district of Namangan region.
It consists of three settlements, related to different historical periods. The first settlement appeared here in the 3rd century BC. The second stage of Akhsikent revival was in 8-13 centuries, before the city was destroyed by the hordes of Genghis Khan. During the reign of Timurid dynasty Akhsikent had risen from ashes again.
In 15th century the town was called Ahsi or Ahsiket, it was located on a high ravine and nearby flew river Seyhun (Syrdarya). In the town were built residential quarters, baths, caravanserais, numerous bazaars. Behind the walls for many kilometers stretched rabads. It was a rich town with an impregnable fortress and along the ceramic pipes, laid in underground tunnels, Akhsikent was supplied with water. It was also famous for its melons and craftwork. After Andijan, Akhsikent was considered the largest and economically most important center in Fergana region. In 1620 in the area of Akhsikent there was a strong earthquake that completely destroyed it. Survived people left the city and moved to Namangan.
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