Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Across the Turkic world the legend of the kirk-kiz is associated with any number of places.  The Kyr Kyz fortress in Termez is one of these, but the legend is just that... a legend.  The common theme with all of these local legends involve the so-called "forty virgins" depending on the version of the story … Continue reading Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Day 26: Ayaz Qala

Newly independent from the Achaemenid Empire, the Ayaz Qala fortress was built by ancient Khwarazmian kings in the 3rd or 4th century BC to protect the fertile frontier from raiders on the edge of the vast expanse of the inhospitable Karakum Desert.  It was during this time that the Khwarazmians formed an alliance with Alexander the … Continue reading Day 26: Ayaz Qala

Day 53: Kuhna Ark

The Kuhna Ark is a city within a city, located on the western edge of the Itchan Kala, separated from the rest of the Khiva by a high wall.  First constructed as a military defensive fortress in the 12th century, and then expanded in the 17th century as a citadel palace and residence of Arang-Khan.  … Continue reading Day 53: Kuhna Ark

Day 63: Chashma, Nurata

In our first post of this 100 Days - Uzbekistan series, we eluded to sacred fish with mystical origins.  Today we'll describe some of the background behind this teaser, and explore the Chashma Complex which spreads out beneath Alexander the Great's 2,300 year old Fortress of Nur.  The site today attracts thousands of faithful pilgrims … Continue reading Day 63: Chashma, Nurata

Day 90: Fortress of Nur

Founded by Alexander the Great in 327 BC, the ancient city of Nur is today known as Nurota.  Over 2,300 years ago, the fortress was built to defend the city and settled lands to south from the nomadic peoples of the steppe to the north.  The remains of the fortress, which is one of the … Continue reading Day 90: Fortress of Nur