The architecture and sculptures are an organic part of the city's landscape and give Tashkent a cheerful air. The most eccentric reminder of tsarist Tashkent is the former residence of Grand Duke N.K. Romanov(1850-1917), a first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II , exiled here in 1881 for exploits involving the crown jewels.
Ahead sprawls Independence Square flanked by public buildings and walls of fountains. One of the remarkable building in Tashkent is "Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theater" was completely constructed in 1947 by Japanese prisoners of war.