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...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...Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanEach tile is an individual fit into the space that it occupies. This must be a huge challenge when modern day artisans replace them, using the...Nurota, UzbekistanNurotaUzbekistanI had it noted as Nurata Desert, while this marker appears to be a nearby town. We were well over towards to the lake to the north. The yurts are...Nurota, UzbekistanNurotaUzbekistanI was not happy to share the common area of the yurts with a curious camel. I much preferred him to stay in the small hills surrounding us. He...Bukhara, UzbekistanBukharaUzbekistanThe details in this decorated piece of fabric is intricate to say the least. It was on display at the Emir's summer palace museum. #colorfulRegistan Ensemble, Samarkand, UzbekistanRegistan EnsembleSamarkand, UzbekistanI love this view at the back of the bazaar and looking towards the Registan. Business as usual while we travellers gawk at the amazing buildings.Bukhara, UzbekistanBukharaUzbekistanAnd now for something completely different. It may well be another mausoleum with a dome but its construction is quite unique. The brickwork is...Bukhara, UzbekistanBukharaUzbekistanI'm showing you a close up of the hand-crafted tiles on the buildings in Bukhara. I’m especially intrigued as to how they did the rounded tiles,...
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