Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Whenever we hear a monument or historic landmark described as "seldom visited," "off the beaten path," "or away from the core tourist area," it acts like a magnet drawing our immediate interest.  Always in search of authentic, un-renovated, and huge fans of the anti-disneyfication movement, nothing makes us more excited than raw unadulterated history.  The … Continue reading Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Day 39: Somsa

Nothing says Uzbek street food like a savoury stuffed pastry.  Uzbekisan's answer to hot pockets (but way better), the somsa (or samsa/Самса) is an inescapable part of daily life in Uzbekistan, where taxi drivers and policemen line up for the tasty snacks early in the morning, and national food cafés and street kiosks light up … Continue reading Day 39: Somsa

Day 40: Bolo-Hauz Mosque

Perhaps the most picturesque mosque in Bukhara, the 18th to early 20th century Bolo-Hauz Mosque was built during the tumultuous reign of Abulfaz Khan under the Bukhara Khanate.  The mosque was constructed in the year 1712 in a time of political chaos which included separation of the Khanate of Kokand, and invasion by Iranian conqueror … Continue reading Day 40: Bolo-Hauz Mosque

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 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