In May 2010, I ventured on an Air Baltic flight to Uzbekistan. A domestic flight took me to Samarkand. Pronounced more like Samarghand. Samarkand was one of the cities on the Silk Road. That is not the dark net but the road traders would travel on to buy and sell the fine fabric: silk. It comes from the nest of moths.
I had a blast. It is an amazing place and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Crossroads of Cultures. It felt like being transported back to the 16th Century and becoming Sinbad (Sanbad). Persian had built amazing mosques with amazing blue ceramic work decorating them. The soviets did a great restoration job as well.
The first place one sees after leaving the hostel is a big plaza called The Registan where three sides of the plaza are occupied by madrasahs: Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah and Sher-Dor Madrasah.
Enjoy the 44 pics I took in all of Samarkand and hit like and follow buttons. All photos (p)&(c) Dario Margeli 2010
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