Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

If Amir Timur Square is a ring, the State Museum of the History of the Timurids is a precious stone decorating it, or so said the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, when he dedicated the museum in 1996.  After independence, Uzbekistan needed a national hero.  President Karimov was a fan of Amir Timur from early … Continue reading Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

Day 59: Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum

"Tomb of the King" in Persian, Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum is the final resting place of Uzbek National Hero, Amir Timur.  Located on the former southwestern edge of Samarkand, the Mausoleum of Tamerlane fell into decay along with the rest of the city in the 17th century after Bukhara regained it's former prominence as the more important … Continue reading Day 59: Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum

Day 94: Ak-Saray Palace

In the ancient city of Kesh, just 100km to the south of Samarkand, stand the remains of Timur’s summer palace.  On the ruins of the impressive gateway the phrase “If you challenge our power – look at our buildings!” can still be made out.  The Ak-Saray Palace, ironically, is nothing more than a crumbling ruin … Continue reading Day 94: Ak-Saray Palace

Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum

PashbyMaul Adventures just returned from a much needed and very restorative autumn break to the Silk Roads midpoint capital city of Samarkand. We were blessed with amazing conditions - perfect temperatures, blue skies, clear air - conditions that only enhanced the photogenicity of Samarkand's many spectacular monuments. In the ancient city of Kesh, just 100km to the … Continue reading Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum