Samarkand Day 3 – The Registan

Think India and you think Taj Mahal, with Cambodia its Angkor Wat, Peru conjures images of Machu Picchu. In Uzbekistan, the chances are that thoughts will turn to Samarkand and the Registan in particular. And with very good reason.

The Registan

Meaning sandy place in Persian, the Registon was the ceremonial centre point of the Timurid dynasty from the 15th Century.

The square acted as the main focal point where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis . It was also a place of public executions.

Then as it is today, the square is framed by three huge madrasahs of stunning Islamic architecture.

We were to spend eight hours there, aside from a break for lunch and a chance to visit the nearby statue of Timur the Great.

We would have stayed longer too, except that there is now a need to purchase a second ticket to visit after dark. As we had already wandered much of the sight under lights, we decided that we had more than had our money’s worth (a bargain $8 in fact).

We had managed to avoid a peek at the magnificent site for two whole days, so approached with a great deal of anticipation. We visited on a lovely September day and were delighted that the crowds were threadbare.

Indeed, after lunch they were virtually non-existent as all the tour groups departed for other sites.

 

The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The three imposing madrasahs are Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636) and Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660).

Not only are the exteriors amazing, but the interiors are something to behold too. Words are unnecessary, I will just let the pictures do the talking……

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

As you would expect for such a glorious location, it is a catalyst for wedding parties too.

Wedding Party, The Registan, Samarkand

Wedding Party, The Registan, Samarkand

Finally, I mentioned the statue of Timur. Here it is.

Timur Statue.jpg

 

4 comments

  1. […] Wilbur’s Travels | Samarkand, Uzbekistan : The Registan […]

  2. I always love when you link up with #FarawayFiles with beautiful unique places like Samarkand. The tile work of the Registan is seriously impressive. So cool. Cheers from here.

  3. Wow, the tile work in the madrasahs is amazing. Registan looks to be an amazing cultural area.

  4. Now, that is a stunner!

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