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 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

Legend of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque

For a bit of a romantic twist in the history of Samarkand, we visited the massive 14th century Bibi-Khanym Mosque. The monument is best known today for an illicit affair that supposedly took place between Timur's Queen, and the mosque's architect. Legend says that while Timur was away during his military campaign to India, his favorite wife, Queen Saray Mulk Khanum, ordered … Continue reading Legend of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque

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