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Samarkand, Uzbekistan | The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study.

Kalyan minaret, Po-i-Kalan complex, Bukhara, Uzbekistan. It was also known as "Tower of Death", as for centuries criminals were executed by being tossed off the top.

m-e-r-m-a-i-d-c-h-i-l-d: Uzbekistan Wall Ben Smethers

Do you think they'd arrest me for installing a giant sculpture of a zipper along the top? | Khiva battlements, Uzbekistan

Islamic mosaic art at Shah-i-Zinda, a large ancient cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan---not sure what it is--looks like a wall but the light is so pretty.

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley is rightly famous for its ikat fabrics – which require infinite skill and patience of its practitioners. Because of its strong links to the past, and the independent, artistic nature of the process, ikat was suppressed in the Soviet era. Current masters (usto in Uzbek) learned from their fathers and grandfathers, who tied and died their complex warp patterns in secret.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (seriously never heard of this place....but look at it! It's gorgeous!)

Uzbekistan, Mukarnas of mosque

Ulug Beg’s Observatory, built in 1430 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Ulugh Beg was a Timurid ruler as well as an astronomer, mathematician and sultan. He was also notable for his work in astronomy-related mathematics, such as trigonometry and spherical geometry.

Uzbekistan street food. Whatever this is...I want one

Abdullah Khan Madrasa, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan | by Fulvio’s photos, via Flickr.

Samarkand - Uzbekistan

Khiva, Uzbekistan.

Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan