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Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand; the three Great Central Asian cities which arouse our wonder by the originality and sheer power of their mythic silhouettes. This shot delves into the vibrant artistic architectural heritage of this once forbidden land demonstrating a rich and varied past and reinstating the region's Islamic art within the chaos of world history. The insightful historical voyage begins over two thousand years ago when Alexander the Great approached the city walls of Samarkand and was stunned by its invincible size and beauty.

It recounts how merchants on the Silk Road and warring armies, headed by the likes of Gengis Khan and Amir Timur (know in the west as Tamerlane) continued to cross paths for centuries in this region. Unceasing rivalries spurred these different parties to create ever more spectacular buildings, madrassahs, mausoleums and mosques. This shot attempts to make these silent places with their dazzling livery of turquoise ceramics, echo once more with the sounds of the men that created and peopled them and bears witness to the cultural legacy of a vibrant Islamic civilization.

This is Registan ensemble definitely one of the world's finest but least-known; three perfectly proportioned madrassahs delimit three of its sides and the intricate geometric mosaics covering every square-inch of their walls glimmer in the sun light. These fabled monuments of Samarkand are absolutely awesome of which Alexander the Great had said; " Everything I have heard about Samarkand is true, except that it is more beautiful than I ever imagined " ...

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