For centuries, ancient trade routes - from Siberia to India, from China to Egypt - converged on the oasis of Samarkand. Greeks, Persians, Turks, Mongols and Arabs all made their way there. It became prosperous as an important centre of silk trade in the 2nd century. Alexander knew it, Genghis Khan destroyed it, but it was during the 13th century, it emerged again under the rule of Amir Timur (knwon in the West as Timur the Lame or Tamerlane) and Timurid architecture became a worldwide influence in Islamic art and architecture and Tamerlane's Samarkand that Western world longed to see. The icon of Samarkand without doubt is the Registan - the "sandy place" surrounded on three sides by Timurid madrassahs. You can sit on the open side of the square and take it all in: the turquoise tiles, the slender minarets, the imposing facades. The refined architectural shapes, intricate ornamentation, mosaics, blue-tile domes and the facades are simply amazing and blue -Tamerlane's favouraite color is important in decorating these buildings, it blends in with the blue sky.
This is the close up view of Tilya Kori Madrassah and mosque in the middle of the square flanked by Ulugbek Madrassah and Sher Dor Madrassah, with its amazing gilded interior including golden mosaics. The facades are just magnificent with bright and colorful mosaics and glazed tiles, truly outstanding and my favorite of Registan complex. In my travel life, I have never seen a place that so colorful with mosaic and glazed tiles that similar with Samarkand before. Also its history behind are also interesting with countless of legends of the Silk Road and Timurid dynasty. For me, Samarkand is truly the world class site and one of the most enchanting UNESCO world heritage sites I ever visited. Even if you are not a great lover of Islamic architecture these are all well worth seeing and experiencing. Samarkand with its beauty and splendour is undoubtedly one of the greatest destinations of the world.
Tilya Kori Madrassah-Mosque; Detail of the ornamental on the main porch showing the intricate design of these glazed tile pieces. The art of Samarkand and the Timurid period seems most closely related to the 'art of the book' with manuscript illuminations providing the template for designs executed in ceramics.
Tilya Kori Madrassah-Mosque and the blue dome
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mauro61 (52623) 2012-07-22 10:48
buono il taglio che mette in evidenza le due parti differenti dell'architettura.
Ben controllata la luce in un difficile contrasto con le ombre.
Buono l'inserimento umano a margine,
dkmurphys (46408) 2012-07-22 10:51
Impressive artwork on those old walls. I like both, the dark side and the sunny side composing the scene. Well seen.
JFS (32459) 2012-07-22 10:55
Impressive shot my friend, good play of shadows on this amazing architecture. A pleasur for the eyes!
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-22 11:47
a superb photo of this amazing architecture, the colours and lights are very nice. Great architectural details and the clarity is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-07-22 12:13
Congratulations for your presentation with interesting note. I like your framing with this crop of this beautiful architecture. Nice combination of light and shadow.
All the best,
siudzi (32385) 2012-07-22 12:49
This building has a really amazing architecture with fantastic design and decorations. Love the way you presented it with a stunning lights and shadows which made your work more attractive. Very well done. TFS.
Fis2 (82028) 2012-07-22 13:18
Interesting fragment of building.
Good frame and colors.
npecanhuk (61014) 2012-07-22 13:29
Those shapes and colors are so beautiful!
A wonderful façade!
A very attractive picture!
Special regards to the colors, management of light and composition!
Good placing those people there... they give us a very good sense of scale!
TFS - congrats,
eldancer1 (25250) 2012-07-22 14:20
Awesome tile work and architectures! Nicely captured with good dof and good details. I like the use of the shadows to create depth. Wonderful colors with good saturation. Well done, tfs.
bukitgolfb301 (34508) 2012-07-22 16:09
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH, apa kabar?
Another great masterpiece of the great Islamic architecture / motief. That is a breathtaking one. The shade plays a good role in this shot. Thanks for your sharing with the finest work and have a good start of new week! Best regards,
Takero in Tokyo
daddo (22710) 2012-07-22 17:25
Salam Abmdsudi.Definitely a place I want to see one day. Wonderful details. Glad to see that it has all been restored after years of Soviet neglect. I like the fact that shadows play their part in enriching the mood and creating greater structural depth. Did you read my reply to your critique on Joget Malayu? Salam. Klaudio.
Graal (95401) 2012-07-23 0:00
another interesting presentation from Samarkand. Beautiful details of old architecture. Nice complementary photos in WS. WEll informations in note. Solid work.
Have a nice day.
saxo042 (36912) 2012-07-23 1:03
This is indeed an example of extraordinary architecture. Your excellent picture reveals all details with perfect sharpness and the shadow in nicely integrated in the composition.
Oceania (4522) 2012-07-23 6:53
Stunning art and architecture!
The bright side and the shadow side are balanced well, made it a such enjoyable picture.
holmertz (37149) 2012-07-23 7:45
Through this tight cropping you make us focus entirely on the architecture and the marvellous craftsmanship. The inclusion of a few people at the bottom corner gives us an idea of the dimensions.
papagolf21 (83264) 2012-07-23 8:05
Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Cette architecture force l'admiration par ces fresques géantes composées de carreaux en céramique (sauf erreur).
La beauté générale est grandiose.
De plus, la présence de personnages dans la composition, donne une indication quant à l'importance de l'édifice.
ourania (26560) 2012-07-23 8:23
a great close up to the wonderful architecture and mesmerizing decoration. They fill the frame and are enhanced by the dramatic contrast in lighting that is creeping over the facade arresting our attention for a long time as we can't give up looking for more details. I love this light and the contrast between the two halves of the frame which gives us the opportunity to see the intricate patterns and beautiful colours in two very different ways. How lucky are the people at the bottom right corner to have a workplace like this. Your workshop pictures are also great doing justice to this magnificent art. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
chrisvek (7001) 2012-07-23 9:02
What a nice variety of colors.Perfect lightning and POV.Also simple but ideal framing.Very nice title.So unique.Well done!
Have a nice day
cornejo (28129) 2012-07-23 12:32
Abmdsudi Hello, very nice pictures, these two views of this beautiful and interesting mosque. Very good and nice pictures very sharp and very well made, very good and nice work my friend, my congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
grigand (19405) 2012-07-23 12:41
very nice shot, wonderful light very well managed, excellent integration of people that create the right size of monuments, well done
marabu61 (7405) 2012-07-23 13:38
I just love those colored tiles. The small people in the corner gives the picture a good sense of how big this mosque is. The tiles are beautifully lit in a warm sunlight also.
kato (11630) 2012-07-23 14:22
This is a beautiful architecture, so it's interesting and impressive to see the architecture with mosaic patterns and blue colors. It seems to be strongly subject to the influence of the Persia civilization.
As for this design and color, it is interesting that a carpet, a plate, etc. may try to be sufficient.
Have a nice week.
Cricri (101513) 2012-07-23 14:29
Toute belle présentation avec le jeu ombre et de lumière, une beauté magnifique de l'architecture, deux belles et intéressante images en WS
adores (34474) 2012-07-23 19:04
Lucky to have been there:)! This must be a really incredible place! I like the composition! - the details of the architecture, the light & shadows on the wall, the people on the right... A good capture!
delpeoples (52533) 2012-07-23 22:21
Hello dear Abmdsudi
This photo has brought a huge grin to my face. And the reason for that is that I've been waiting for you to upload it. And here I have not been disappointed as both your subject matter and the quality of your photo are everything I could have wished for. This architecture is mind-blowingly beautiful. The blues and yellows, not to mention the artistry and turbulent history behind it, have all fired my imagination. Your note is superb, completely the reason why I joined TE and the way you handled the uneven light and shade is admirable. Congratulations, what a pleasure to view this photo.
danos (83127) 2012-07-23 23:33
one more nice and representative sample of the cultural architecture of the country with the close up view of Tilya Kori Madrassah and mosque to are presented superb.I like the unique golden mosaics in the interior with the WS to complete the whole image perfect.
sacimar (25975) 2012-07-24 5:17
this is an interesting image, I like the facade you show, the play of light and shadow is another beautiful element, the complementary images are also good and help to understand the whole building, well done,
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-07-24 5:40
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Lindo a arquitetura desta mesquita com estes azulejos desenhados com estes padrões bem coloridos , muito bonitos os arcos , bom momento com as sombras , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siamesa (27703) 2012-07-24 16:56
Boa noite Abmdsudi
This is a masterpiece, the photo and the walls. One of the most beautiful photos that I have seen here.
josepmarin (57517) 2012-07-25 3:04
the light and the shades, impeccably controlled, create a splendid visual effect on the mosaics of this magnificent building, which you have caught by means of a good closed angle, in order to emphasize its great beauty.
The persons are a good reference that indicates the enormous dimensions of the building to us.
It's a beautiful work.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-07-26 8:49
very good play with light & shadow...
great colours & its contrast...
very impressive artwork on those walls...
excellent architectural details & sharpness...
chawax (18475) 2012-07-27 10:27
A beautiful piece of architecture ! The people on the right add a scale to the composition and make us understand how big this mosque is. I love too the contrast of light between the dark side on the left and the sunny one on the right.
Have a nice day,
mkamionka (29259) 2012-07-27 14:25
wow, very impressive architecture. I like this stylish decorations and you have presented it in a fantastic light. The deep shade adds an element of mystery. I like very much the strong contrasts and vivid colors. The presence of people is so helpful to imagine the scale of this place.
Beautiful photograph, TFS
SWEETFREEDOM (21658) 2012-07-28 4:34
amazing building great decorations and light management. interesting place i have never seen.
Angshu (54763) 2012-07-28 6:27
You've captured wonderful light indeed & handled the exposure superbly. The right side of the picture is sharp & crisp showing up the fantastic details beautifully. I felt the left part is a but soft maybe because you used a wide aperture...but you know better! As always a fine note to boot.
The 2 WSs are excellent &especially the full picture of the blue domed mosque.
jemaflor (80828) 2012-07-31 12:43
great architecture, well framed, nice colors on your view, tfs.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (39716)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-19
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-22 10:46