Hotel Grand Samarkand
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... scientist, particularly as an astronomer. In 1908 archaeologists found the remains of his observatory which contains an enormous sextant which is 11 metres long and would have been housed in a three-storey building. This, and other equipment, allowed Ulugbeg (in 1429) to calculate a range of astronomical times and distances – such as the length of a year and the time it takes for planets to orbit the sun before many of his European ...
... the end of the road for me -- at least for now.
Not so for the caravaners and merchants in the Silk Road days. For most of them, Samarkand was a temporary stop; a crossroads between different trade routes and a key stop connecting China to the west. Samarkand today is Uzbekistan's second-largest city, and was once the capital of Tamerlane's empire.
Along the Golden Road
We set out this morning from Bukhara, stopping ...
... which are in a similar style to the ones that you can see on the Registan.
Once you've had your fill of historic archetecture, there are a few more places where you can take in something of the old silk-road-era history. At the Siob Bazaar, you can buy all sorts of delicious food and keepsakes. At the Samarkand-Bukhara ...
... orders) killed 300,000 men, women, and children at Merv. It is estimated that Timur killed 17 million people in his lifetime, 5% of the world's population. So population control was not a problem in this part of the world.( As an side: I can't help but note that the Boston Marathon bomber's name given to him was Tamerlan. His last name, Tsarnaev, claims some relationship to the Tsar. Destiny? Self
fulfilling? The family was Chechnian but obviously an admirer of ...
... skulls- old men, women, soldiers, children butchered together." After every campaign, Tamerlane brought back captive scholars and artisans to populate this capital created to his own glory, attempting to satisfy his thirst for knowledge as well as power. But, of course, he ended as we all do eventually, and is now remembered in the Gur e Amir mausoleum, along with two sons and grandsons, where, beyond ...