The Registran - Samarkand - Uzbekistan
The 'Registran' takes center stage in Samarkand.
A long hot day from Dushanbe. By 6.30am I was on the road, armed with travel notes from my Korean friend SJ, who had made the trip the day before. By 10am I had crossed into Uzbekistan, my 69th country. By 8pm, I had arrived in the legendary and ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand. Slightly bedraggled by the days effort I was handed a glass of some thing cold and strong.
The next morning we, me and SJ, were up early. We slipped the security guards a few thousand Som and we climbed the minaret (in above pic, center madrassah, small, blue domed minaret to the right) for views across the roof tops. A great time to soak up the ambiance.
The three madrassahs (left to right in the top photo) of the Registran are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). Madrasah is an Arabic word for a religious school.
Student dormitories over look the central courtyard