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Starting a revisit to the west of Uzbekistan and the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, listed as Nukus on TE. It is an area under represented on TE and especially the 3 locations that I'm going to take you to.
First up is Chilpyk, a Zoroastrian burial site that no one else on TE seems to have visited. The Zoroastrian religion predated Christianity, Judaism and Islam and was the first religion with just one god. They used this, the Tower Of Silence, to lay out their dead for birds of prey to clean the bodies up and purify them.
After some time the bones were collected and buried in earthenware vessels.
The structure is made of dried mud and is 15m high with a diameter of 65m. It was originally another 10m higher but the occasional rain is wearing it down. The walk up that path that you can see is steep but not excessive. There are great views across the desert and towards a river from the top.
This is a new but very different version of one I've previously posted.

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