One day in Samarkand


In the beginning of summer I managed to visit one of the oldest cities in the world Samarkand. It is located in Uzbekistan. Once there was a central transit point on the Great Silk Road between China and Europe. The city is perfectly preserved, everything here is just breathing with history. And you can believe me there is something to see!Bibi-Khanym MosqueOne of the city's attractions is the Bibi-Khanum mosque - the largest mosque in Central Asia in height (portals more than 40 meters), built between the 14th and 15th centuries.All mosques and madrasahs are decorated with mosaic, various ornaments, carvings.MosaicAnd various inscriptions in Arabic, executed by a calligraphic Arabic style.the wall of the Bibi-Khanym mosqueOne of the main sights of Samarkand is Registan Square. There is a legend that from the beginning of the 15th century until the beginning of the 20th century, public executions took place on the square, and so that the blood was absorbed better and was not noticeable, the ground was strewn with sand. Therefore, the square was called Registan ("reg" - sand and "stan" - place) - a place covered with sand. We with fellow travelers sat down to look at the blood-red sunset.Registan SquareOn the square there is an Ensemble of three Madrasahs - Muslim educational institutions, which are one of the brightest examples of Persian architecture.Registan SquareIn the evening, the guards offered to spend the night in front of the square, which was very useful. Prices for accommodation in Samarkand do not bite and here you can find a hotel for every taste or rent accommodation with local residents. Unfortunately I visited there only one day, but I plan to return soon. via /r/travel https://ift.tt/2NRctmT

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