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Travels on the Silk Road:
The Bukhara oasis in the Kyzil Kum Desert has accumulated stunning Silk Road testimonies over the millenia. The Silk Road was the backbone for the exchange of people, religions and art over two whole continents. In the fifth century CT the Zoroastrian religion was established since a long time but existed together with Nestorian Christianism, Judaism and Buddhism. The Arab conquest brought the Islam to Bukhara in 650 but changes were slow.

The museum in the Ark, the Emir's palace,holds this magnificient wall painting on plaster from a palace in Paikent, in the neighbourhood of Bukhara. It is about 1500 years old and shows a Zoroastrian ceremony with a fireplace in the center.

The slide was scanned, the pic saturated and sharpened. Colors are not that vivid in the original.

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