On 26 April 1966, at 5:24 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 shook the city. It changed Tashkent”s appearance forever. Half of the city’s inhabitants were left without a roof over their heads and had to live in tents. The earthquake had had its epicentre at a depth of 10 km right under […]
Uzbekistan is a truly magical country to visit and Bukhara is certainly one of the jewels in the crown. The ancient Silk Road city is stuffed full of wonderful Islamic architecture. Lyabi-Khauz is right in the centre featuring wonderful madrasahs and caravanserai. The pool used to be a watering hole for thirsty camels.
My latest photo aimed at beating the Monday Morning Blues.
Timur (1336–1405) was the ferocious and terrifying founder of the Timurid empire of Central Asia, eventually ruling much of Europe and Asia. Throughout history, few names have inspired such terror as his. Also known as Tamerlane, Timur comes from the Turkic word for iron. Amir Timur is remembered as a vicious conqueror, who razed ancient […]
My latest Monday morning shot designed to help blast away those Monday morning blues with an image of a far away place. Chor Minor was built in the 19th Century as the gatehouse of the now destroyed Madrasah of Khalif Niyaz-kul in Bukhara, the city on the historic Silk Road.
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 […]
We managed to resolutely resist Samarkand’s Crown Jewels, the Registan. That was for day 3, with today being dedicated to Amir Timur the Great. We would be driving 80km south over the hills and via a bustling market to Timur’s birthplace of Shahrisabz in Kashkadarya province whilst that evening we would also take in his final […]
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. The name Registan means “Sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis – and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) . Ceiling of Ulugh […]
My latest blue themed photo aimed at alleviating that Monday morning feeling……. My September 18 visit to Uzbekistan ranks as one of my best trips ever. The walled city of Khiva is sometimes overlooked in favour of Bukhara & Samarkand, but to miss the UNESCO listed city is a crime in my opinion. More laid […]