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Samarkand is truly a jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road. There is the exquisite jade mausoleum of Gur-i-Emir, the resting place of Tamerlane. Perhaps the greatest treasure is Registan Square, Tamerlane's outstanding creation, a vast complex of domes and minarets, mosques and medrassas. There is the equally beautiful necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda and the old observatory of Uleg Beg, the greatest Muslim astronomer.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Folk dancers in national costume perform during the festivities Photograph: Anvar Ilyasov/AP

Capturing the light, Uzbekistan Wall

Sher-dor Madrasah in the Registan - Samarkand, Uzbekistan (1619–1636)

Chimgan Mountains, Uzbekistan

Uzbek Breakfast - must go to Tashkent! (Also, beautiful ikat print under this beautiful food)

Door in Khiva, Uzbekistan. This pattern symbolizes the solar system the planets in it, and the eternity of the Universe

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time - Moon Balancing on Minaret Khiva Uzbekistan

nomads door “The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you Don't go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep! People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,The door is round and open Don't go back to sleep!” (Rumi)

Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan Republik // Central Asia

Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Registan, Minaret of Tilla-Kari Madressa The social network for travellers: www.timeblend.com

Kyrgyz girl. Afghan Pamir. January 1971. | © Sabrina and Roland Michaud

Bukhara. Uzbekistan >> Uzbekistan is still on my list! For how much time I've spent in Central Asia, I can't believe I haven't popped over. Bukhara, you look beautiful, ancient and enticing.

The three great Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are architecturally outstanding, incredibly atmospheric and great value for money. Majestic mosques and medressas, and huge, ornately tiled minarets seem to reach for the bright blue sky from every other winding alley way. Apart from the members of up-market ‘cultural’ tours from France and Germany, hardly anybody seems to visit them. This situation has hardly been helped by the notoriously corrupt Karimov regime, which insists ...

Uzbekistan. Textiles - a great reason to travel!!

uzbek woman from englishrussia.com...I don't know what those are but they look good!

Dome Over Tamerlane, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Abdullah Khan Madrasa, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan - Samarkand is an ancient Silk Road city and the madrasas and mosaics of the monumental Registan square are among the world's most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture.

Mausoleum - Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan | Old Kungrat woman. Surxondaryo Province, in the extreme south-east of the country || Scanned postcard; photo A. Zueva. Post stamped 2013