Tag Archives: Sunday Photo
Yesterday I was honoured to give a talk about my 2009 journey from Istanbul to Damascus at the wonderful Globetrotters Club in London. The journey took me from Istanbul to Ankara, Adana, Antakya, Aleppo, Raqqa Province, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Palmyra and finally Damascus, a distance of over 1,000 miles in 12 wonderful days. I finished […]
Today is Easter Sunday in the Eastern Orthodox Church and here is a photo that I took on the Holy Friday in Crystal Palace, London. Father George of the St Constantine & St Helen Church leads the congregation through the streets around the church as Christ’s Epitaph bedecked in fresh flowers is carried by worshippers. […]
Designed by the Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjaković and completed in 1982, the huge National Library of Kosovo measures around 16,500 square meters. The architectural style is described as ‘brutalist’ with opinion divided as to whether it is spectacular or plain ugly. It is made with zenith windows, with a total 99 domes of different sizes and […]
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 […]
Yesterday I visited the pleasant Cheshire town of Nantwich with its crooked Tudor buildings.
Photos taken yesterday from inside the Tower of London.
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 […]