The Home of the World's Oldest Quran
       
     
The Registan of Samarkand
       
     
Ceiling of the Till-Kari mosque
       
     
Shah-i Zinda شاه زنده‎,
       
     
Ulugh beg  میرزا محمد طارق بن شاہ رخ
       
     
Beautiful Samarqand
       
     
       
     
       
     
The Home of the World's Oldest Quran
       
     
The Home of the World's Oldest Quran

Not a lot of people know that Tashkent keeps a very important relic. The 8th Century Quran was written in Kufic text and is kept in the Telyashayakh Mosque. Photography of this manuscript is not allowed.

The Registan of Samarkand
       
     
The Registan of Samarkand

This gorgeous piece of architecture is in the heart of Samarkand, the centre of the Silk Road. Framed by three madrasahs, this is where people gather to hear royal proclamations and watch public executions.

Ceiling of the Till-Kari mosque
       
     
Ceiling of the Till-Kari mosque

Built in the 1600's the ceiling of the mosque is an optical illusion as the 'dome' is actually a flat surface. I think that it's the most beautiful 'dome' I've seen so far.

Shah-i Zinda شاه زنده‎,
       
     
Shah-i Zinda شاه زنده‎,

'The Living King' is a necropolis in Samarkand.

Ulugh beg  میرزا محمد طارق بن شاہ رخ
       
     
Ulugh beg میرزا محمد طارق بن شاہ رخ

Mīrzā Muhammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrukh is a Timurid ruler, astronomer, mathematician and sultan.

Beautiful Samarqand
       
     
Beautiful Samarqand

Despite the difficulty of getting there, Samarqand was a great experience. Thanks to gorgeous monuments and the friendly people.

       
     
Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan

Around Tashkent. September 2012

       
     
Samarqand, Republic of Uzbekistan

One of the world's oldest inhabited cities. Loved this city....