Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Samarkand - crossroads of cultures

Samarkand always seems such an exotic name, conjuring up pictures in my mind of ancient legends and fairy tales merging into history - Sheherazade, Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great.  Yet, until this card arrived, it didn't seem a real place and I couldn't in all honesty say where it was.

Samarkand is the second largest city in Uzbekistan.  It is on the Silk Road, a network of trade routes connecting eat and west, and it's 2,750 years old.  It is a centre for Islamic scholarly study.

The picture shows the Sher-Dor Madrasah (Lions Gate), part of the ancient centre of the city.
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  1. Islamic architecture is all together very inspiring, although the message that resides behind closed doors is even more odd. I think I've seen this structure before, it's tends to stick out in my mind for some reason.

  2. It looks so exotic and beautiful!!


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