The ancient city of Samarkand at the Silk Road

 

Oriental buildings in a modern city

With my group of customers I travel along a part of the Silk Road. (Hier geht es zum deutschen Beitrag.)

Registan
Registan

The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, we have already visited. Now we are in Samarkand. We begin this sunny day, as we have finished it yesterday. We visit the Registan. What is that?

Registan in Samarkand
Registan in Samarkand
In Samarkand

It was and is the main town square. Samarkand is already 2700 years old, the Registan was the main town square during the reign of Timur; about in the middle of the 14th century . Bustle took place here. Mosques and madrassahs were built here.

Registan before the reconstruction
Registan before the reconstruction

At some time the buildings fell into disrepair rapidly. Instead of mosques three beautiful madrassahs can be found now at the Registan. In the 1930 ies the reconstruction of the heavily dilapidated buildings began.

Registan
Registan

Like everywhere here in Uzbekistan you pay the admission fee plus a permission fee to take photographs. It’s worth it when the weather is good, you should stop by once in the morning and once in the afternoon, then all the buildings got the right angle of the sun. Unfortunately, it does not work with us, in the afternoon it is very cloudy.P1210896-s

In the madrassah many small shops are housed now. Among other things, a small shop with traditional musical instruments. The owner, a master of his craft, gives us a short impression of them here.

inside the Registan
inside the Registan
Beautiful Mosques

From the Registan we walk to the Bibi Chanim (also Bibi Xanom or Bibi Khanum) Mosque through a magnificent avenue that is lined by shops on the left and the right.

not yet reconstructed part of the Bibi Chanum Mosque
not yet reconstructed part of the Bibi Chanum Mosque

The mosque is currently undergoing restoration, but the courtyard is really worth seeing and nicely shaded. Here it is also worth, to take a little rest and watch the many different people in their partially colorful native attire.

Bibi Chanum Mosque
Bibi Chanum Mosque

Especially the local ladies with their often golden teeth that they show off quite nicely, like us to take group photos of them. Also we are an always welcome photo motif.P1210959-s

Next to the mosque is a large bazaar, which is partly covered. There is hardly anything that you cannot buy here. Start to negotiate!

sugar
sugar

Now our stomachs growl, slightly up the road we find the Art Café. Today I’ll try a typical local noodle soup with meatballs. Really recommendable, the green tea and tasty bread may not be missing!

very tasty bread
very tasty bread

Thus fortified, the bus brings us after a short drive to the Afrosiab Museum (for the history of Samarkand), showing the different periods of the excavations of the old palace Afrosiyob and murals from the 6th century.

in front ot the Gur-Emir Mausoleum
in front ot the Gur-Emir Mausoleum

The last stop of the day is the Gur-Emir Mausoleum. Again we expect a mostly blue magnificent building. Timur, some of his sons and grandsons, as well as some spiritual mentors are buried here. About the story read in a good guide book, I prefer to let the pictures speak for themselves.

At an Uzbek family
door in the Gur-Emir Mausoleum
door in the Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Gur-Emir Mausoleum

We finish the evening eating Plov in an Uzbek family. Plov is a rice dish that is served as a hemisphere. Then come sliced and cooked carrots. Above this is a layer of beef or mutton.

Plov, portion for several people...
Plov, portion for several people…

As is a custom here, I brought a guest gift. In Uzbek houses, there is always a special room just for the guests, so this as well, where we will be entertained, is equipped with many carpets and wall hangings. The three little granddaughters of the hostess look again and again curiously into the room. On the way back to the hotel we drive again past the Gur-Emir Mausoleum , which is now magnificently lit.

Gur-Emir Mausoleum at night
Gur-Emir Mausoleum at night


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