Photographer's Note

The group of Uzbek women waves to you from Shakhrisabz.
Uzbekistan has magnificent monuments and also very very friendly people. Everywhere people wanted to speak to me and hugged me, made selfies with me. Funny how they were curious, they asked many questions.
How old are you? 72. Alone in Uzbekistan? Yes. Molodets (it means brave). What about your husband? Where is he? At home. Why he didn't come with you? He is lazy. Have you children? Have you grandchildren? What are they doing? And so on.
My new friend, who is 45, not married and with no children, invented husband working hard in Warsaw and two kids just to avoid the question of why?

Shakhrisabz is a city located approximately 80 km south of Samarkand with a population of 100,300 (2014). It is located at an altitude of 622 m.
It was founded more than 2,700 years ago and formed a part of Persia from the 6th to 4th centuries BC.
Several remaining impressive monuments from the Timurid Dynasty have enabled the old part of the city to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Behind the women, you can see the mausoleum complex called Dorus-Saodat (Seat of Power and Might), which contains the Tomb of Jehangir, Timur’s eldest and favorite son.
Behind the complex is a bunker with a door leading to an underground chamber, discovered by archaeologists in 1943. The room is nearly filled with a single stone casket, on which inscriptions indicate that it was intended for Timur. However, the conqueror was buried in Samarkand, not at Shahrisabz, and mysteriously, his tomb in Shahrisabz contained two unidentified corpses.

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Closer view of the mosque.
Timur's tomb.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11829 W: 126 N: 30081] (141066)
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