Day 65: Samarkand’s Gilded Madrassa

The iconic Registan Square in Samarkand is home to three large madrassas, all of which are included, along with the rest of the historic core of the city, as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.  According to the criterion as described in the listing, the Registan complex is a masterpiece of Islamic cultural creativity, … Continue reading Day 65: Samarkand’s Gilded Madrassa

Day 66: Bagrationi

Why, you might ask, is a Georgian restaurant being featured in a blog about Uzbekistan?  You probably wondered the same thing about the feature on Korean-Uzbek Cuisine.  While it's true that Stalin deported millions of Soviet citizens across the USSR, Georgian food, and more famously, Georgian wine, enjoyed a fine tradition of being considered a … Continue reading Day 66: Bagrationi

Day 67: Qur’an of Usman

Among the 20 thousand books within the library of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan is the Quran of Usman, perhaps one of the most important holy relics in the Muslim world.  Definitively dated to the 8th or 9th century, and perhaps as early as the 7th, this Quran is believed to be one of the … Continue reading Day 67: Qur’an of Usman

Day 68: Hazroti Imom Mosque

The Hast Imam ensemble may be one of the most important religious sites in the Islamic world, but you won't hear much about it outside of Uzbekistan.  Hosting the oldest known copy of the Quran, and a strand of hair from the Prophet Muhammad, Hast Imam is the heart of muslim Tashkent.  This sprawling architectural complex, … Continue reading Day 68: Hazroti Imom Mosque

Day 69: Lagʻmon

Of the Central Asian dishes that bring me the most joy, Lagʻmon is in the top four, right up there with Plov, Manti, and Somsa.  Lagʻmon really shows off Uzbek cuisine's eastern influence with it's hearty homemade noodles, and delightful little chunks of meat and fat.  Served in a steaming bowl with a spoon and … Continue reading Day 69: Lagʻmon

Day 70: St. Daniel’s Tomb

We all know the story from Sunday School about the Biblical Prophet Daniel who was thrown into the lion's den.  If not, allow me to summarize... Daniel was well respected and very true to his faith.  As a loyal and devout servant, he came to the attention of King Darius who promoted Daniel to a … Continue reading Day 70: St. Daniel’s Tomb

Day 71: Navoi Theater

The "Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre" by its official name, is the main opera house of Tashkent and one of the most famous buildings of Soviet era Uzbekistan.  The theater is named after the 15th century Uzbek poet, Alisher Navoi who is well known for his lyrical legacy, many of which have since been … Continue reading Day 71: Navoi Theater