Photos from Uzbekistan

The first people known to have occupied Central Asia were nomads who spoke Iranian dialects. At this time, cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand began to appear as centers of government and culture. As China began to develop its silk trade with the West, these cities became centers of trade. Then the Mongols conquered the region and remained strong for two centuries. When their rule began to break up, a local chieftain emerged : Timur (or Tamerlane) who left the magnificient architectural heritage that we can enjoy today. Later the region was conquered by Uzbek nomads, who spoke an Eastern Turkic language. As the Russian Empire expanded, the region came under its influence, and Uzbekistan was then incorporated in the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991.

Khiva city walls

Khiva : old city walls


Kutlig Murod Inok Medressa

Khiva : Kutlig Murod Inok Medressa
(more photos with stamps)


 Kukhana Ark

Khiva : in Kukhana Ark


Kyzylkum desert

Yurts in the Kyzylkum desert (more deserts photos)


Mir-i-Arab Medressa

Bukhara : Mir-i-Arab Medressa


BukharaRegistan (Kalon minaret and mosque)

Bukhara : the Registan (Kalon minaret and mosque)


SamarkandRegistan (Sher Dor Medressa)

Samarkand : the Registan (Sher Dor Medressa)


Guri Amir Mausoleum

Samarkand : Guri Amir Mausoleum (where Timur, two sons, two grandsons
and the astronomer Ulughbek are buried)



in Shakhrisabz with students from Samarkand


Tashkent TV tower (teleminorasi)

Tashkent : the TV tower (teleminorasi)
(more photos of towers)



Margilan bazaar : nan (bread) sellers


Margilan traditional (Yodgorlik, souvenir) silk factory

Margilan : traditional (Yodgorlik, souvenir) silk factory


Uzbekistan was part of the 2005 trip

read about the trip
banknotes / billets de banque


  to : Kyrgyzstan from : Turkmenistan                   





  Former USSR

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