Day 9: Zangiata Complex

In 12th and 13th century Tashkent there lived a well respected Sufi mystic, Sheikh Ay-hoja Zangi-Ata, literally "Dark Father" owing to his dark complexion, who was revered by the local people, and subsequently by 14th century Uzbek national hero, Amir Timur.  Having hailed from abroad, likely from a noble family in Saudi Arabia, Zangiata spent … Continue reading Day 9: Zangiata Complex

Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

The Al-Hakim al-Termizi complex on the edge of old-Termez is a conglomerate of several structures built from the 11th to 15th centuries dedicated to the 9th century Sufi mystic, great early Islamic author, and most important representative of Central Asian Sufism, Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ali bin Hasan bin Bashir Al Hakim At-Termizi.  Born in … Continue reading Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

Day 13: Sultan Saodat Ensemble

Termez may be best known for its many Buddhist archeological sites, but the 2,500 year old city also boasts several important architectural landmarks from the Islamic era.  For those travelers already familiar with the Sah-i-Zinda Necropolis in Samarkand, the Sultan Saodat Ensemble may seem underwhelming, however those who make the effort to explore this ancient mausoleum … Continue reading Day 13: Sultan Saodat Ensemble

Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Whenever we hear a monument or historic landmark described as "seldom visited," "off the beaten path," or "away from the core tourist area," it acts like a magnet drawing our immediate interest.  Always in search of authentic, un-renovated, and huge fans of the anti-disneyfication movement, nothing makes us more excited than raw unadulterated history.  The … Continue reading Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Not unlike some of the other significant historical monuments in Uzbekistan, it is impossible for a short narrative to do justice to the 900 year history of Sah-i-Zinda, a necropolis on the slopes of the ancient city of Afrosiyob in the Timirud capital of Samarkand.  A knowledgable guide is almost mandatory to fully appreciate the … Continue reading Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

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 70: St. Daniel’s Tomb

We all know the story from Sunday School about the Biblical Prophet Daniel who was thrown into the lion's den.  If not, allow me to summarize... Daniel was well respected and very true to his faith.  As a loyal and devout servant, he came to the attention of King Darius who promoted Daniel to a … Continue reading Day 70: St. Daniel’s Tomb