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.
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.
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.
'The Living King' is a necropolis in Samarkand.
Mīrzā Muhammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrukh is a Timurid ruler, astronomer, mathematician and sultan.
Despite the difficulty of getting there, Samarqand was a great experience. Thanks to gorgeous monuments and the friendly people.
Around Tashkent. September 2012
One of the world's oldest inhabited cities. Loved this city....