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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Samarqand Memories

While I took more than 1100 photos on our trip, I simply cannot post them all.  However, here are more memories of Samarqand.  The photos were taken at the Registan, the square framed by three madrasas, the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of Tamerlane, and the gigantic Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane's favorite wife as a surprise for him. [He had to kill the architect though for getting a bit too close to Bibi Khanum,.  Not sure she survived either.  Well, if you're going to be the conqueror of the world and all that, you can't take slights lightly.]

Zoroastrian influences appear in the human/lion figures in the tile work, above.

Tamerlane and some of his relatives; their final resting places seem a bit narrow.

Entrance to the Bibi Khanum mosque complex.

A Koran stand at the Bibi Khanum mosque.  

The Koran, whose pages are made of leather, that purportedly was intended for use on this stand is now in Tashkent [no photos were allowed] after a long detour in St. Petersburg.

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