Day6 – Samarkand

Today is Easter Sunday in the Orthodox Russian calendar, which may explain why so many people were out and about, or maybe it was just because it was a Sunday.

We visited Registan Square, which was a stop on the Silk Road for centuries. It was, and still is, a public square in the heart of Samarkand city.

Registan means ‘desert place’ in Persian. The square is framed by three beautiful buildings which used to be madrasahs, Arabic schools, and which now have become workshops for crafts people and shops of souvenirs.

The beautiful tiles that seem to form geometric designs actually spell out words from the Koran.

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