And so to Samarkand

Smack in the middle of the middle section of the Silk Road sits Samarkand – home of Tamerlaine or Timur the Lame, he who succeeded Genghis and Kublai Khan as the tyrant of tyrants of these lands of Central Asia. Timur was even more cruel but because he was Muslim the locals are so proud of this heritage and come to pay homage at his tomb.

Samarkand, the fourth of the Khanates we’ve frequented (Konye-Urgench, Kiva, Bukhara) is the most impressive in terms of the mosques, minarets and Medressas it has to offer. The scale of the place is awesome.

See the album on the sights of Samarkand

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