Day 41: Ulugbek Observatory

Affairs of the state often kept Ulugbek from his passion for the stars, but being Sultan comes with its perks.  In addition to founding three madrassas to advance the world's understanding of astronomy and mathematics, the Timurid ruler also built one of the most important observatories of the Middle Ages in his capital city of … Continue reading Day 41: Ulugbek Observatory

Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

It helps to know your madrassas, especially in a country where such a prolific statesman as Timuriud ruler Mirzo Ulugbek built at least three centers of higher learning to his name.  Ulugbek Madrassa in Bukhara was the first, and also served as an architectural example for many more which followed in the proceeding centuries. During … Continue reading Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

Day 43: Bukhara’s Trade Domes

In addition to the Tim-Abdullah Khan Trade Dome, there are three other covered bazaars in the historic core of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bukhara that should be on your radar, and once they are, will be impossible to miss since you'll know what you're looking at.  Established during the late 16th century, these … Continue reading Day 43: Bukhara’s Trade Domes

Day 44: Ulugbek Madrassa – Registan

Prior to construction of the Ulugbek Madrassa, Registan Square would have been unrecognizable to the the modern visitor.  In the time of Amir Timur, the place where today stands one of the world's most spectacular architectural ensembles was the main market square of medieval Samarkand.  Ulubek Madrassa, built exactly 600 years ago between the years … Continue reading Day 44: Ulugbek Madrassa – Registan

Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

Oily Majils is to Uzbekistan as the House of Representatives is to the United States.  Founded during the transition between the Supreme Soviet of the Uzbek SSR and the Parliament of an independent Uzbekistan, the Supreme Assembly was responsible for adopting the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the basis for what has evolved … Continue reading Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Not unlike some of the other significant historical monuments in Uzbekistan, it is impossible for a short narrative to do justice to the 900 year history of Sah-i-Zinda, a necropolis on the slopes of the ancient city of Afrosiyob in the Timirud capital of Samarkand.  A knowledgable guide is almost mandatory to fully appreciate the … Continue reading Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Day 47: Navoi

When Soviet planners were considering a location to process the output of the rich gold and uranium deposits of Uzbekistan, rather than build new infrastructure in an existing city, the USSR Ministry of Atomic Energy instead chose to lay out a brand new city from scratch in the valley of the Zeravshan River about 100km … Continue reading Day 47: Navoi