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... The historic center is amidst the local neighbourhoods and it's interesting to get lost in the narrow interlinked streets. There are numerous mosques and madrasa's who are listed on UNESCO'S World Heritage Site. But my absolute favourite one was the tiny four minaret domed Char Minor. As many buildings in Bukhara it used to be a mosque, but the interior is now a shop. Of course we couldn't resist getting some nice suzani's ...
... little conversation - like Lilly who I met carrying loads of bread which, she explained, he was taking to the mosque (as a charitable gift I thought) and would spend the afternoon painting (she paints using coffee rather than paint or ink)
So - enough words. Time to upload some photos.
The last photo shows a suffi 'fool' on a donkey holding a coin between finger and thumb. (There were once dervishes here). The statue ...
... fried egg atop a heap of noodles mixed with spiced shredded beef), our guide left us to our own devices for the day. The heart of Bukhara is the Old City, which has been faithfully preserved, and barring motorised transport and electric cables, differs little from how it may have appeared four centuries ago. Already, en route to our repast, we had been shown the synagogue; one of the few still functioning in central Asia, we can confirm ...
... when the different services took place simultaneously in each of the four corners. Since the Crusades did not reach Central Asia, relations between the Christians and Muslims had not soured.
Jumping ahead to the 14th century the Silk Road was again in full swing. This was the era of Amir Timur (also known as Tamerlane), a Tartar, whose kingdom stretched from Mongolia to India and Persia. He ruled from Uzbekistan and is one of their national heroes. He ...
... fron the 12th century. It was slsi their Silk and Spices festival. Sort of a marketing effort for crafts and tourists. But Uzbekis were there from smaller towns and not shy about practicing English with us. And wanting us in their photos which feels weird, but whatever. We were able to go to the closing ceremony of the festival which was a big song and dance and speeches by the mayor deal in a beautiful setting in front of the functioning medressa. The ...
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