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Easy walking distance to the Registan the main sight. Good breakfast. No WIFI, Basic rooms but clean.
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... a taxi go to the bazaar in Urgut with them tomorrow.
September 24, 2014
Urgut bazaar is described in the LP as one of THE best bazaars in Uzbekistan. We ordered a taxi for the 1 hour ride. Cissy decided to stay behind and do another round of the sights in Samarkand. So it was Hannah and Rick and us.
....At the market, we agreed to meet ...
... mosque hasn't been restored, and this is stunning in its own way. Our guide noted that restorers were often underskilled, and not paid well, so they weren't well enough motivated. He had been an artist himself, and this clearly pained him, hoping future restoration efforts will be better. This does not take away from the overall impact of these structures.... We visited the local market, full of nuts, fruits. The area is known for its ...
... heir to Genghis Khan, last of the awesome Eurasian nomadic conquerors. His mausoleum, where his spiritual mentor, his sons and grandsons (including the noble Ulugh Beg, of whom more later) flank him, is unexpectedly simple in its construction, and modest in scale; it stays in the memory, however, for its towering entrance portal and stunning blue cupola without, and its lushly painted and tiled interior. The crack in the sarcophagus caused ...
... Union dissolved, Uzbekistan has continued the practice of collective farms, now called farming communities, but with one-year plans determined in Tashkent, its capital. The farmland is owned by the state, and the farmers are given 99-year leases. Central government determines which crops farmers must plant and establishes quotas. Farmers sell their produce to the government at state prices, but can sell any products above the quotas at the local markets. ...
... The Bibi-Khanym mosque was also spectacular. The entrance portals are massive as well, and the domes are varied and attractive. I love the ribbed domes, found, in Uzbekistan, only in Samarkand. The courtyard is nicely maintained, but the main buildings are closed because of decay and collapse. There was some effort at restoration, but they apparently have major structural flaws and so restoration work was halted. Still, we enjoyed the visit.
The bazaar was ...