Orient Star Samarkand
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... good hour making sure we didn't miss an angle.
We spotted several tour groups obediently following their guide. Some wisely took notes, because more often than not, the copious information is forgotten before most people get to the next site.
September 23, 2014
India Visas in Tashkent
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... was that the hotel was located not a five minute walk away; this allowed us (and particularly the more avid photographers) to visit on multiple occasions and at various times of day.
We visited the courtyard of the Ulugh Beg madrassah; today it is filled with purveyors of antiquated crafts- ceramics, calligraphy, tiling and weaving; allow this neophyte to indulge in opining that the quality ...
... are covered with colorful designs. According to Muslim tradition, ornamentation could not include images of any living entity - plants, animals, people - because such creations were the work of Allah, and artists should not put themselves in the role of God. A clever workaround was found, however. Images of flowers and animals were occasionally used but they were always mythical, never recognizable as a real species.
The tiles ...
... one provincial border check point after another. At a level crossing a long queue of trucks and cars builds up before the train goes by; the free-for-all that ensues when the barriers are raised would have seemed blood-curdling a month ago, now we take it in our stride. And then suddenly we are in the city again and at Tashkent airport where we say goodbye to our first five homeward bound friends. The holiday is over, and we just have to make an early flight in the morning.
... and Nestorian Christians described by the Chinese monk Xuanzang in the 7th century. However, all that was destroyed utterly during the Mongol invasion in 1220 and remained so until Timur, a general in the Mongol army, took over. He expanded the Western part of the empire and rebuilt Samarkand as his capital. The next dynasty however moved the capital again and so the monuments decayed until the Soviets started to restore them in the 1930s.