Monday, 9 January 2017

Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures

When I swap more than one postcard I usually do it in an envelope and the postcards usually arrive in better shape. Unfortunately it wasn't the case of three great postcards from Uzbekistan which envelope seemed to be drooped in a swimming poll and where it was the last postcard of this post. 

This postcard was sent by Elizaveta

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Rēgistan means "Sandy place" or "desert" in Persian.
The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.
The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). - in: wikipedia

Guri Amir Shrine
This postcard was sent b Elizaveta

The Gūr-i Amīr or Guri Amir (UzbekAmir Temur maqbarasi, Go'ri AmirPersianگورِ امیر‎) is a mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Timur(also known as Tamerlane) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It occupies an important place in the history of Persian-Mongolian Architecture as the precursor and model for later great Mughal architecture tombs, including Gardens of Babur in Kabul, Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur's Persianised descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of Indian Subcontinent. It has been heavily restored. - in: wikipedia

Mausoleum of Iman al-Moturidi
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The tomb of Imam al-Moturidi is another sacred place in Samarkand. The grand Imam and famous philosopher and theologian fought for the purity of Islam. He was buried there in 944, in the cemetery Chokardiza where many other famous scientists of Islam world were buried as well. Once upon a time a military fortress was here, therefore the cemetery has such a name: "Chokar" means "army" “Disa" means a fortress.
In 1947 the cemetery was leveled to the ground. Ten years ago the grave was found again it for visiting it was opened only on the 17th of November 2000. In 2000 1130-year anniversary of Imam al-Moturidi was widely celebrated. The mausoleum was restored in Chokardiza, and the entire territory was landscaped. - in:

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