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Cities of Uzbekistan - Samarkand

Samarkand

 

Samarkand - the Capital of Tamerlane

    Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zarafshan.

    It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome. 

    The history of Samarkand is about 2,500 years old and has witnessed a lot of upheavals during the times of Alexander the Great, the Arabic Conquest, Genghis-Khan Conquest and lastly Tamerlane's. Hence, the culture of Samarkand was developed and mixed together with the Iranian, Indian, Mongolian and a bit of the Western and Eastern cultures.  Majestic and beautiful city Samarkand has a marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it

  • Rome of the East,
  • The beauty of sublunary countries,
  • The pearl of the Eastern Moslem World.

Its advantageous geographical position in Zarafshan valley put Samarkand to the first place among cities of the Central Asia.

 

 

 
Gur Emir mausoleum
Mausoleum Gur Emir
 
Madrassah
Madrassah Ulugbek
 
Shah-i-Zinda
Shakh-i-Zinda

 

 

Shah-i-Zinda
Shah-i-Zinda

 

Sher-Dor Madrassah
Sher-Dor Madrassah

Registan Square
Registan Square

 

Tilla-Kari, inside
Tilla-Kari Madrassah inside

Bibi Hanum after reconstr

Mosque Bibi-Hanum

after reconstruction

 

Bib Hanum before reconst

Mosque Bibi-Hanum

before reconstraction

 

Bibi-Hanum from bazaar
Mosque Bibi-Hanum from Bazaar

Shah-i-Zinda
Shah-i-Zinda

Shah-i-Zinda
Shah-i-Zinda

 

Gur Emir
Mausoleum Gur Emir

Shah-i-Zinda
Shah-i-Zinda

Ulug-Beg observatory
Ulug-Beg observatory

 

 

 

Sextant

Sextant in Ulug-Beg

Observatory