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Sunday Photo – Timur The Great, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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 […]

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The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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 […]

Gur-e-Amir, Samarkand

Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Day 2

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 […]

Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Day 1

Arriving in Samarkand, Uzbekistan There are certain names that conjure images of exotic travel to far flung magical destinations. Timbuktu, Port Said, Tangiers, Damascus, Jaipur, The Caspian Sea, Lake Titicaca, Saigon. Samarkand is one of those places and is a location that very much lives up to expectations. It is undoubtedly the Crown Jewels of […]