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When I was in Uzbekistan, the sunset was around 18.15. I haven't seen the blue hour, I do not know why, but enjoyed a wonderful golden hour in all cities.
Here the Courtyard at Po-i-Kalyan, with the madrasa and minaret. All the tourists were gone, only a few people remained. Soon I was there alone.
I wanted to go for a dinner and to the hostel when a big group of the very exotic looking guys came. And this courtyard was full of people again. As everywhere in the world, the guys were taking many photos.

Po-i-Kalan or Poi Kalan (Uzbek: Poi Kalon, Persian: پای کلان‬‎ Pā-i Kalān, which means "The Foot of the Great"), is an Islamic religious complex located around the Kalan minaret in Bukhara.

The complex is located in the historic part of the city. Since 713, several ensembles of main mosques were built in this area, to the south of the Ark citadel. One of these complexes, burned down by Genghis Khan during the siege of Bukhara, was built in 1121 by the Karakhanid ruler Arslan-khan. The Kalan minaret is the only one of the structures of Arslan-han complex that was kept safe during that siege.

Kalan Mosque (Maedjid-i Kalan) was completed circa 1514, in the Khanate of Bukhara. It is equal in size to the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand. Although they are both mosques, they are very different in architectural styles. The roof of the galleries encircling the mosque's inner courtyard has 288 domes resting on 208 pillars. Facing the courtyard is a tall tiled Iwan portal, for entry to the main prayer hall. The mosque is surmounted by a large blue tiled dome.

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The view in opposite direction.
After sunset the light was not so good. But there were these exotic looking Pakistani guys.

Everybody is takineg pictures


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