Photographer's Note

Off to an early start to be in position and the morning light was just beautiful for a few shots...

This is one the most spectacular buildings in Bukhara, the Kalyan Mosque and the biggest in Uzbekistan, originally built in 795 AD and then suffered the Mongol wrath in 1219. The present mosque complex was rebuilt and finished in 1515, consists of a big rectangular building with huge courtyard accommodating 12,000 worshippers.

On its four sides are colonnades of arches and in the centre of each a further portal allows entry to the cool stone interior with its rows of columns and vaulted ceilings. The main cupolas is the highest in Bukhara and can be seen from any angle.

A sense of tranquility and isolation from the bustle of the city pervades these structures.

Setting: 18mm, 1/320, F10, Iso 200 Raw, 1050 hrs & polarised

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