The Silk Road (Ipek Yolu)

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I'd seen the two ends of the fabled Silk Road, from the caravanserai in eastern Turkey to the Muslem Street in X'ian. This was my trip to join some dots.
Uzbekistan, UzbekistanUzbekistanUzbekistanWhile not coming up fantastically in the photo, the view along the main street took my breath away. Ahead of me was a whole street of wonderfully...Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanThe portals at the Shah-i-Zinda in Uzbekistan were certainly built to impress! #bestof5Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanI've already added some close ups of the beautiful tiles and facades. This photo gives you more of an idea of how the complex of mausoleums are...Dasoguz, Turkmenistan, TurkmenistanDasoguz, TurkmenistanTurkmenistanThe gas crater was lit on fire by the Russians in the 60s. They thought it would burn itself out after a few days. Driving over sand dunes in the...Köneürgench, TurkmenistanKöneürgenchTurkmenistanThis area is a UNESCO world heritage listed site. The monuments are from the 11th to 16th century. It seemed that many young women were moving from...Köneürgench, TurkmenistanKöneürgenchTurkmenistanThe Kutlug-Timur minaret raises its column high above a vast flat plain of this UNESCO world heritage area.Dashoguz, Dashoguz, TurkmenistanDashoguzDashoguz, TurkmenistanWe were on our way from Konye-Urgench to Darvasa in Turkmenistan. It was mile upon mile of dusty desert terrain, but still there were grazing herds...Darvaza Crater, TurkmenistanDarvaza CraterTurkmenistanAlternatively called Derweze or the door to hell, this crater can be found in the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan, north of Ashgabat. While drilling...Ashgabat, TurkmenistanAshgabatTurkmenistanYou can see the golden statue of the first president presiding over his children atop the Arch of Neutrality. He is facing the city of Ashgabat,...Ashgabat, TurkmenistanAshgabatTurkmenistanAshgabat is a city of white marble with very few people in evidence in the streets (admittedly it is hot right now). I think they must have revived...Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanThe gorgeous blue tiles are not the original tiles. They are systematically replaced by master craftsmen. Nevertheless the whole complex feels...Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanTwo of the spectacular domes at the Shah-I-Zinda complex in Samarqand. #colorfulGur-e Amir Сomplex, Samarkand, UzbekistanGur-e Amir СomplexSamarkand, UzbekistanThis is the mausoleum for Tamerlane, the Asian conqueror. In Uzbekistan he is known as Amir Temur, as the Tamerlane means Temur the lame.Samarqand, UzbekistanSamarqandUzbekistanThat's gold leaf all over the mosque walls. #colorfulRegistan Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanRegistan EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanThe Registan has minarets that appear to be leaning outwards. This was old Samarkand's place of commerce. It still houses a bazaar within its walls.Siddikiyon Mosque, Bukhara, UzbekistanSiddikiyon MosqueBukhara, UzbekistanOne of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. The minaret stands 43 meters high. You can imagine how far that could be seen when they lit a fire at...Registan Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanRegistan EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanCan you see the person high high up on the dome? He is repairing the beautiful blue tiles on one of the Registan domes. Repairing is the work of...Uzbekistan, UzbekistanUzbekistanUzbekistanI know Mongolian gers quite well now. These yurts in the desert to the north of Uzbekistan are similarly constructed from layers of felt around...Chor Minor, Bukhara, UzbekistanChor MinorBukhara, UzbekistanRecreating the scene from the cover of the Central Asia Lonely Planet. The Char Minar is worth a morning visit although there are many more...Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, UzbekistanBibi-Khanym MosqueSamarkand, UzbekistanThe Bibi-Khanym is also known as the Friday mosque. We were there just after the end of Ramadan when thousands of men would have crammed this...
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