Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Bibi Khanum mosque, Samarkand
Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, is not surprisingly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the crossroads of the Great Silk road between the east and west it became a melting pot for all the cultures with which it came into contact.
The Bibi Khanum mosque was built between 1399 and 1404. It decayed and fell into ruins over the years but in 1974 reconstruction started so that once again it dominates the city skyline.