Tag Archives: Mosque

Kok Gumbaz Mosque, Shahrisabz (Timur's Birth City), Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Ceiling in Kok Gumbaz Mosque, Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

Shakhrisabz was the birthplace of Timur on April 9, 1346, to the family of a minor local chief, and during the early years of the Timurid dynasty, enjoyed its considerable patronage. Timur regarded Shakhrisabz as his home town. It is 90km south of Samarkand, a scenic drive through mountains to get to.

Euro 2020 Match Day 9 – Spain v Poland

The day’s final game throws up a ‘Catholic derby’ is played in the wonderful city of Seville. Spain The Moorish city of Córdoba in Andalusia is an absolute gem. It’s undoubted star is the Mezquita, constructed around 785AD at the behest of Abd ar-Rahman I. Córdoba was the capital of the Muslim-controlled region of Al-Andalus. […]

Kalon Minaret from Inside the Kalon Mosque Courtyard, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Kalon Mosque & Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

My 2018 tour of Uzbekistan was unforgettable and for me Bukhara was my favourite of all the Silk Road cities, with the Kalon Mosque being my absolute highlight.

Ayasofya Mosque, Istanbul

Monday Morning Blues – The Ayasofya Mosque In Istanbul.

The beguiling Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul started out as a Christian Orthodox Cathedral called Agia Sofia when Istanbul was named Constantinople. Built in 537, it was converted to a mosque when the city fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. When Ataturk founded the new secular Turkey a few years after WWI, the mosque was […]

Wordless Wednesday – Mary City Mosque, Turkmenistan