Photographer's Note

It's not often that I'm lost for words but even thinking of a title for this shot is difficult as it is probably the most amazing structures I have ever seen. I spent a whole day here in Registan Square - heart of the ancient Samarkand just admiring the sheer beauty & captivation of every detail on the walls, arches, minarets, doors and domes when every square-inch of the walls glimmer in the sun light.

This is the centerpiece of the city and one of the most important Islamic monuments which includes Ulugbek, Sher Dor and Tilya Kori well preserved madrassahs. Inside are dozens of small rooms where the schools - madrassahs used once be and it looks almost untouched since it was constructed in 1400 AD. At sunset the rays of the sun bounce off the intricate geometric mosaics to produce a spectacular sight that you will never forget. Every corner offers lots, lots and endless shooting opportunity.

The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. In the 14th century, it became the capital of the empire of Amir Timur - the Conqueror of Central Asia. In 2001, UNESCO added this 2,750-year-old city to its World Heritage List as "Samarkand – the Crossroads of Cultures"

Nothing out of ordinary, just a simple factual record shot showing portion of Tilya Kori Madrassah on the left with a small dome, while a fraction of the huge truncated minaret of Sher Dor Madrassah occupies the extreme right of frame.

Setting: 50 mm, 1/60 sec, F16, ISO Raw 200, 1629 hrs & polarised

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