Day 4: Ming O’rik

With such an impressive history dating back to the very dawn of humanity, Uzbekistan's smaller, but nonetheless significant architectural sites are often forgotten in favor of the three big silk road highlights.  The Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara travelers see today represent only a fraction of the thousands of years of history worth exploring in this … Continue reading Day 4: Ming O’rik

Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

The Al-Hakim al-Termizi complex on the edge of old-Termez is a conglomerate of several structures built from the 11th to 15th centuries dedicated to the 9th century Sufi mystic, great early Islamic author, and most important representative of Central Asian Sufism, Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ali bin Hasan bin Bashir Al Hakim At-Termizi.  Born in … Continue reading Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

If Amir Timur Square is a ring, the State Museum of the History of the Timurids is a precious stone decorating it, or so said the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, when he dedicated the museum in 1996.  After independence, Uzbekistan needed a national hero.  President Karimov was a fan of Amir Timur from early … Continue reading Day 27: Amir Timur Museum

Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar

Much more than just a flea market, Yangiobod Bazaar is a treasure trove for basically anything you could possibly ever want, or think you might want.  For collectors of Soviet era memorabilia, this place is a gold mine.  Bargains to be had, and savvy dealers swapping propaganda pins, watches, medals, coins, old and rare books, … Continue reading Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar

Day 52: Assumption Cathedral

One only has to look back to the period of Russian Imperial colonialism in Central Asia for the first evidence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Uzbekistan.  As early as the 1840s, Siberian Cossacks began to settle what would eventually become Russian Turkistan bringing their faith along with them.  Russian settlers poured into Uzbekistan in … Continue reading Day 52: Assumption Cathedral

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 82: Meros Paper Mill

Just outside Samarkand, in the village of Konigil, is a traditional paper factory which has revived the paper making techniques used in Samarkand since ancient times. When we visited the factory as a bonus tour after a long day trip to Shakrizab, our driver generously offered the detour since we were ahead of schedule.  The park … Continue reading Day 82: Meros Paper Mill