Tag Archives: Juma Mosque

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Central Asia – The Joy of Looking Up

Whilst on my travels through Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan, I was taken aback by the sheer beauty of the Islamic art & architecture. Whilst the tile work and art on walls, doorways & minarets was quite exquisite, it was the colourful intricate interior ceiling designs of mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, khans & palaces that really took […]

Ceiling of the Juma Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – Baku Excursion #1 Qobustan, Shamakhi & Gabala

Some of our best ever excursions have been when we have just found a taxi driver, negotiated a fare and pretty much controlled our own destiny. We resorted to book a couple of group excursions through a Baku agency and on the whole were left frustrated by the logistics and underwhelmed by the destinations. Why […]

In The Courtyard of the Kalon Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara’s Best

Highlights of Bukhara, Uzbekistan Continuing my 2018 tour of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan by train & car…… A breakfast fit for kings at the Safiya Hotel was a perfect set-up for some serious sightseeing. We positively galloped towards the Ark, Bukhara’s fortress and home to Uzbekistan’s Royal Sultans through the ages. We stopped briefly en-route, intrigued […]