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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 I love the colours in this photograph: how the blue contrasts boldly with the orange. The way the dying light has different tones over the textures of the wall is really special.

Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley is rightly famous for its ikat fabrics – which require infinite skill and patience of its practitioners. Tying The Clouds. Hand Eye Magazine

Spice Stand at Krytyy Market - Bukhara, Uzbekistan Bukhara's Krytyy Market Read more about our visit to Uzbekistan and tourism in Uzbekistan.

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

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

Turquoise domes, Shahr i Zindah Mausoleum, Samarkand, 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)

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 ...

Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan Republik // Central Asia

Chimgan Mountains HDR, Uzbekistan C h i m g a n … by my-shots

The Doorway to Hell in Turkmenistan. A cavern that leaks methane. It was ignited 35 yrs ago and is still burning

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 Dome Over Tamerlane's Mausoleum "Gur Emir" -The Tomb of the Ruler, the mausoleum was built in the early 15th century and houses Tamerlane, his grandson and the descendants down to Ulug Beg.


Uzbekistan... bukhara woman... Ajin*

The eerie, rusting 50-year-old ghost ships which are the only reminder that this desert used to be a sea....