Samarkand

After Bukhara my Journey through Uzbekistan continued to Samarkand which was an important city on the silk road. It’s the country’s most famous city, with the famous Registan square. In every travelbrochure about Uzbekistan you will find a picture of the Registan square, it must be the most photographed place of the country.
There are 3 big madrassas and in one of them I went up the minaret from which I had a superb view on the square and the city around.
I stayed at the Bibi Khanym hotel just next to the Bibi Khanym Mosque which is a famous Mosque in Samarkand cause it once was the biggest Mosque in the Islamic world.
Instead of going to that Mosque I went to the Shah-i-Zinda complex which is a little more further from the central area, it’s an ensemble of Mausoleums (Islamic schools) with the nicest mosaics and there is also another Mosque.

The Registan

The Registan

Another view on the Registan

Another view on the Registan

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Ulugh Beg Madrassa with it's minarets - I have been on top of the right minaret

Ulugh Beg Madrassa with its minarets – I have been on top of the right minaret

Here I am on the Registan square with the Tilya Kori Madrassa

Here I am on the Registan square with the Tilya Kori Madrassa

Sher-Dor Madrassa with the tigers

Sher-Dor Madrassa with the tigers

Tiger Mosaic on the Sher-Dor Madrassa

Tiger Mosaic on the Sher-Dor Madrassa

Inside the Tilya-Kori Madrassa

Inside the Tilya-Kori Madrassa

Ceiling inside the Tilya-Kori Mosque

Ceiling inside the Tilya-Kori Mosque

Registan Square seen from the minaret of the Ulugh Beg Madrassa

Registan Square seen from the minaret of the Ulugh Beg Madrassa

Sher-Dor Madrassa seen from the Minaret of the Ulugh Beg Madrassa

Sher-Dor Madrassa seen from the Minaret of the Ulugh Beg Madrassa

Bibi Khanym Mosque

Bibi Khanym Mosque

The Bibi Khanym Mosque seen from my hotel

The Bibi Khanym Mosque seen from my hotel

Tiger Monument

Tiger Monument

View on Samarkand

View on Samarkand

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Shah-i-Zinda complex

The Entrance of the Shah-i-Zinda complex

The Entrance of the Shah-i-Zinda complex

The avenue of Mausloeums

The avenue of mausoleums

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Bukhara

After my visit to Kiva, I took the train to my next stop in Uzbekistan, the city of Bukhara with its many madrassas. The Kalyan Mosque and minaret, the Ark Fortress, Samanid Mausoleum and Chor Minor are some of the popular places in Bukhara.
All the structures got well-preserved during centuries which makes the Historical old town and the rest of Bukhara, the holy city of Muslim culture in Central Asia.
One of the most popular cities on the silk road with its trading domes which untill today look exactly the same, part from the fact that there are more little tourist shops with souvenirs and t-shirts being sold in this place and around.
From all the places I’ve visited on my trip to the Stans, this was the hottest place so drink a lot of water when you are walking around.

The Ark Fortress

The Ark Fortress

Mosque with wooden pillers

Mosque with wooden pillers

Mausoleum

Samanid Mausoleum

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Chor Minor

Chor Minor

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Traditional SilkRoad Trading Dome behind me

Madrassa

One of the many Madrassas

Kalyan Mosque

Kalyan Mosque

Khiva

My first stop in Uzbekistan coming from Kunya Urgench Turkmenistan through the Dashoguz border was to be Khiva.
My driver was waiting for me at the Uzbek side of the border to drive me to Khiva.
After border formalities, filling in some custom forms and getting my entry stamp after showing my visa I was good to go.  Continue reading