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This simple and less decorated building is the oldest surviving mosque in Bukhara – a 10th century one – Magoki Attori. At one stage sands half buried the mosque and you can see retaining walls as it now sits well below the level of the surrounding area. Unfortunately today it is a less than exciting carpet museum.
It pre-dates the decoration of mosques with ceramic tiles referred to by many people as the "Persian" style. The so-called Persian style actually originated in what became Uzbekistan during the reign of Timur (also known as Tamerlane), a warlord of Turco-Mongol lineage, who established the empire between 1370 and his death in 1405, and then spread to other nearby countries which had been part of his empire.
Unusually for us we were actually in a tour group which brings me to another reason for why the easiest way from Australia to Uzbekistan is Via South Korea. Our guide in Bukhara was of Korean/Russian background. If you look at a map of Asia you'll see that North Korea borders onto Russia and the area of Russia north of the border used to be inhabited by Koreans but under the "guise" of national security Stalin moved the Korean population to Central Asia resulting in Uzbekistan having a significant Korean minority hence the flight links between Tashkent and Seoul.

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