Tashkent's citizens are justifiably proud of their metro, Central Asia's first and bursting with decorative intent. Construction began in 1972 and five years later the first train rolled. Extensive rubber padding makes the system, 30 kilometers and growing, as earthquake-proof as possible. Besides being the most convenient way to traverse the city, and a cool escape from melting avenues, its stations cry out to be appreciated, although photography is forbidden. Cotton is a common motif, from the mosaics of Pakhtakor (cotton worker) to the boll lamps of Uzbekistan; cupolas drip with gold leaf at Alisher Navoi, while Kosmonavtlar offers ceramic discs of cosmonauts floating in a spectral sea.
Source: Uzbeksitan The Golden Road to Samarkand, by Calum MacLeod and Bradley Mayhew.