Kalta Minar, Khiva: "Every postcard of Khiva seems to be illustrated with a photo of the Kalta Minar. This eye-catching (but rather stumpy) green and turquoise landmark was intended to be the tallest minaret in central Asia: its patron, Muhammad Amin Khan, planned for it to be at least 70m tall, allegedly so that you could see Bukhara from the top. Sadly it was not to be." Uzbekistan: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
"Tiles must be the most impressive of Uzbekistan’s decorative mediums, and tile making reached its peak during the Timurid era. Soft clay tiles were individually carved, painted, fired and glazed, their colours derived from ground lapis lazuli and turquoise, yellow ochre and burnt sienna, terra verde and red iron oxide." Uzbekistan: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
The Samanid mausoleum is located in the historical urban nucleus of the city of Bukhara, in a park laid out on the site of an ancient cemetery. This mausoleum, one of the most esteemed sights of Central Asian architecture, was built in the 9th (10th) century as the resting-place of Ismail Samani - a powerful and influential amir of the Samanid dynasty, one of the Persian dynasty to rule in Central Asia, which held the city in the 9th and 10th centuries.
Ak Serai, Shakhrisabz: "At the northern end of Ipak Yoli is Timur’s Ak Serai (White Palace), which was quite possibly the largest and most impressive building he commissioned. Unlike many of Uzbekistan’s other historic sites, to date very little restoration work has been done here, and UNESCO’s current project seems to focus, quite rightly, more on shoring up the building than touching up its magnificent (albeit time-ravaged) tile work." Uzbekistan: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com