Photographer's Note

A short break from my Senegal series and return to Uzbekistan that was also not a long time ago. I know that there are many similar photos but for me, the Registan square in Samarkand is one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
(I wonder, what is the most beautiful square for you?)
I spent two days in Samarkand. The first day it was cloudy so my pictures were not so attractive. But in the last morning, before my going by train to Bukhara, The weather was wonderful. So I went once more to see the main square.

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. It was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.

The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420) (on the left), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636) (on the right). Madrasah is an Arabic term meaning school.
You can observe here how the madrasahs were built. There is always a dome. The facade is flat with the big gate. The gate leads to the big courtyard where there were rooms for students.
The decorations are fabulous in Samarkand, very colourful. In Bukhara, they are much less decorated.
The first day I took the back road and surprisingly I found myself on the square without the need of buying the ticket :).

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My trips to Uzbekistan and Senegal were very different. In Uzbekistan I admired wonderful Islamic architecture. From Senegal I have only nothing specials. And I was delighted in both places.

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