Photographer's Note

Travels on the Silk Road:
Because of the current events in Turkmenistan I put some pictures of this country on TE.
Under the Seljuk Sultan Alp Arslan the oasis of Merv (today Mery or Mary) in Turkmenistan became the center of a giant empire, reaching from Afghanistan to Egypt. A stellar observatorium and library with hundred thousands of books must have existed. But after the onslaught of Jenghis Khan's son Tuluy and his troups in 1221 it was all over. Today the ruins of ancient Merv and its predecessor, Margiana, can be seen strewn over a surface of 40 km2. The new settlement inside Merv is called Bairam Ali. The picture shows the 7th century Kyz Kala (built during the Sassanid empire). The clay colums had the function of physically resisting a direct assault but also to impress the viewer by breaking the harsh sunlight.
The slide was scanned, the pic treated for contrast and shade brightening, sharpened. Enjoy.

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