Uzbekistan - From Desolation to the Magic of 1001 Nights

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November 11th 2007
Published: November 11th 2007
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This is our blog entry for the Uzbekistan part of our trip. There are 47 pictures in this entry and you have to click on "next" at the bottom of the page to see the pictures on page 2 and 3. There is also a map available. We hope you enjoy! Crossing the border from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan went without problem and we found our way to Fergana where we stayed for the night. A first general impressi... Read Full Entry

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Khiva - Islom-Hoja MinaretKhiva - Islom-Hoja Minaret
Khiva - Islom-Hoja Minaret

Built in 1910, it is Uzbekistan's highest minaret at 57m tall.
Samarkand - The RegistanSamarkand - The Registan
Samarkand - The Registan

This beautiful ensemble of three medressas is the centerpiece of the city. These edifices are among the world's oldest preserved medressas.
Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum by nightSamarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum by night
Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum by night

In this mausoleum lie Timur, two sons and two grandsons including Ulugbek.
Samarkand - Shah-I-ZindaSamarkand - Shah-I-Zinda
Samarkand - Shah-I-Zinda

This is an impressive 'avenue' of mausoleums. One more beautiful than the other where lie mostly members of Timur's family.
Samarkand - Silvan in front of the Bibi-Khanym MosqueSamarkand - Silvan in front of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque
Samarkand - Silvan in front of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque

Bibi-Khanym was Timur's Chinese wife. Legend says that she ordered the mosque built as a surprise when he was away. Modest gift, isn't it?? This was probably the jewel of Timur's empire.

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