Samarkand

At the height of its prosperity, the evocative and infamous city of Samarkand was one of the most fabled cities on the Silk Road.

Samarkand has managed to fire the imagination of travellers over the centuries, it has the mythical resonance of Atlantis, fixed in the Western popular imagination by poets and playwrights of bygone eras, few of whom saw the city in the flesh.

From the air the city is an array of colours and patterns creates from the many domes and minarets and when exploring the city itself travellers will find the magnificent tomb of Tamerlane, the observatory of Uleg Bek, one of the world's first astronomers, and Shah-I-Zinda, the street of tombs. Along with the traditional central Asian delight of technicolor bazaars, which are able to work magic on those who wish to delve deeper. At its centre, Registan Square, flanked by three huge buildings of great dimensions, is the greatest architectural ensemble in Central Asia which today is the unlikely and yet perfect setting for theatre and shows.

It must also be noted that in Samarkand, Buk¬hara and southeastern Uzbekistan the residents and locals don’t speak Uzbek but an Uzbek-laced Tajik called Farsi.

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