As this town is the birth place of the great Timur, almost everything here is related to his name in one way or the other. Samarqand was the capital of Timur's empire and Shahrisabz, his hometown was considered as the second capital. Great architectural masters were sent here by Timur and they built wonderful buildings here. The Ak-Saray Palace is a fine example of the architectural brilliance of those craftsmen. It is considered as a major Shahrisabz attraction to the tourists. The style and pattern of the Central Asian architecture of late fourteenth and early fifteenth century are well reflected here. There are several other tourist spots in Shahrisabz as well. The Dorut Tilovat and the Kok Gumbaz mosque are other beautiful historical constructions here. The beautiful mosque was built in 1437 by Ulughbek. "Dorut Tilovat" means the house of meditation. This building was made in memory of Timur's spiritual tutor, Sheikh Shamseddin Kulyal.
The embroidery of Shahrisabz is famous all over the world. The art developed here by the end of 19th century. The tourists always look for these local embroidery works as a memento of their Shahrisabz tour.