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  • Day21


    August 18, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Na al dat natuurlijk schoon in Kirgizië hadden we zin in wat cultuur (en stiekem ook in gezellige café's en lekkere restaurantjes). We zochten dit in Oezbekistan en werden niet teleurgesteld door het prachtige, historische Samarkand. Dit was de hoofdstad van het enorme rijk van Amir Timur in de 15e E en hij liet er kolossale moskeeën, madrassa's en mausolea oprichten.Read more

  • Day193

    Tales of 1001 Arabian nights

    September 19, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Have you ever read or watched "Aladdin"? Or put your nose into a big old book titled "1001 nights"?
    If you have, you certainly must have dreamt about big palaces in the desert, oasis and camels, beautiful princesses and princes and a kind Sultan reigning over his land. Or maybe you thought about groups of scarf covered bandits, chasing through the dunes on mighty looking horses, holding their long swords high above their heads?
    Uzbekistan's silk road cities Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva give you a good impression of these dreams in real life. Or at least the buildings do. Huge mosques and medressas (education buildings), minarets and mausoleums greet you around every corner. They're very accessible, some with free entry, some cost a marginal fee, every one of them a monument taking you to a different time. Yet, some of them are still actively used in their old purpose as well.
    I was deeply impressed by all the handcrafted tiles and mosaics adorning the in- as well as the outside of the buildings.
    Taking into account the beauty and uniqueness, of course, you'd barely walk around on your own. But sitting down in a quiet corner, reminiscing all the stories you've heard that are vibrating colorfully in your head, that's something.
    We liked Samarkand's Registan the most, especially during sunset, but go and explore for yourself.
    Just maybe skip the driving yourself part, the desert can get to you after hours and hours of nothing but heat, rocks and sand.
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  • Day49

    Samarcande 1

    September 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Avec Samarcande nous renouons avec le tourisme mainstream et les combats de perches à selfie. Tout est soudainement plus simple et ça nous fait tout drôle. Les bâtiments historiques sont somptueux, leurs couleurs orangées offrant un contraste parfait avec l'azur du ciel. Nous dînons aussi dans le meilleur restaurant qui soit depuis le début de notre voyage !Read more

  • Day135

    Tashkent, Nekropole Shahi-Zinda

    September 13, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Am Südost-Hügel des nicht mehr existierenden " Ur Samarkands - Afrosiab" liegt die bemerkenswerte Nekropole Shahi Zinda , die zu Ehren des " Lebendigen Königs" benannt wurde. Sie besteht aus 11 Mausoleen, die in Etappen zwischen dem 14. bis 15. Jahrhundert erbaut wurden.
    Der Platz wird auch Strasse der Mausoleen genannt.
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  • Day8

    Friedhof und Alte Stadtmauer

    September 8, 2017 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Der heutige Friedhof liegt auf der alten Stadtmauer Samarkands. Dahinter wurde eine Moschee errichtet. Der Weg zwischen Friedhof und Moschee ist von Mausoleen gesäumt. Die ältesten Gräber stammen aus dem 10. Jhd. Bis zur Sowjetzeit glaubte man daran, dass der Cousin von Mohammed auch hier begraben liegt, deshalb wurde seine Grabstelle zu einem Pilgerort. Wenn man diesen dreimal besucht ist es vergleichbar mit einer Reise zu Mekka. Als in den 60ern das Grab geöffnet wurde, war es leer.Read more

  • Day10

    Carpet Workshop & Lunch

    April 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Before going for lunch we stop at a carpet factory, where the owner shows us how the famous silk carpets are produced in Uzbekistan.
    Silk is extracted from cocoons: from just one you can get 1.200m of silk thread! 😲 All colours used in this factory to dye the silk are of vegetarian origin: roots of madder for red, pomegranate for orange.

    When we move to the inner part of the factory we see some women working at some huge loom. They show us how the different silk threads are knotted with a double knot and then cut. At the end, the weaver cuts with a sharp blade the remaining part of the cut threads sticking out, thus ensuring that the carpet has a smooth surface. The remaining shreds are used to fill the interior of cushions.

    The girls working at the looms are able to pick the threads, make the knots and cut in just a couple of seconds. It's a very intense work and that's why they must rest every 30 minutes. Making carpets requires an extremely amount of work and time: the average speed is less than 1cm per day with two women working 8 hours day on it., 😨
    The most amazing part of these carpets is the colour: it changes depending on the position you look at it from.

    After the visit, we obviously stop by the store, where we are shown some amazing carpets that required years of work and cost just a few thousand dollars. Considering that two women worked full time on it for at least 2-3 years, we get a good idea of local wages... 😞

    It's finally time to stop for lunch! This time Said brings us to a super luxurious restaurant, where we have an amazing beef and lamb stew. 😋 We notice that there are some tables that are completely occupied by dressed-up women: apparently it's a local tradition that married women gather for lunch on a monthly basis and have fun together, for once forgetting about their house duties. After eating they all start merrily dancing in the middle of the restaurant and try to involve me as well...🙁

    It's now time to say goodbye to Samarkand and leave for Tashkent: tomorrow we have a flight to catch! ✈️
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  • Day10

    Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Entrance

    April 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After the surprising visit of the Ulugbek's observatory (and sending back our keys to the hotel with a taxi 🤦‍♀️) , we walk down the hill to get back to our van. We still have one place to visit in Samarkand before we head back to Tashkent: the Necropolis.

    Before starting our cultural visit, we do a quick stop at a minimarket, where we can have a look at souvenirs and we can also get a coffee. ☕Thanks to my travel mates, I have the great idea of buying a simple cotton bag for all the extras I bought during the trip. Definitely more convenient than getting a new trolley!

    I must say I am not too excited at the idea, as I have seen some ancient necropoles before and they were basically a bunch of old tombs in ruins. However, I couldn't be more wrong...
    From the very moment when we approach the entrance gate, we understand we are about to see something truly spectacular.

    The name of this place is Shah-i-Zinda, which means "Tomb of the Living King". This refers to Kusam-ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Mohammed who is said to have brought Islam to this area in the 7th century. Also, allegedly he was beheaded by the Zoroastrians and he not survived, but even picked up his head and walked away with it! 🙄🤔😕

    Back to the Necropolis. The first constructions were built in the 9th century, but most of the buildings date back to the 11th-15th centuries. Despite being built across different centuries, the Necropolis has a stunning artistic continuity both in terms of architectural style and of decorative motives. And, no need to say, the dominant colour is a bright blue!

    The ensemble comprises three groups of structures: lower, middle and upper, each connected by four-arched domed passages (called chartak). The main arch that stunned me at our arrival was erected in 1434 by Ulugbek (yep, the same guy of the observatory) and has the same fine tile-work motif on blue majolica that we have seen in the main buildings of Samarkand.
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  • Day10

    Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Mausoleums

    April 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After going through the entrance arch, we start walking up a staircase until we cross another chartak and we find ourselves in one of the most incredible places I have ever seen in my entire existence. We are at the beginning of what looks like an endless paved road running through two parallel lines of spectacular mausoleums facing each others.

    Each construction is splendidly decorated with blue majolica and is somewhat unique but, at the same time, is perfectly aligned to the others in terms of style and size. If the facades of the mausoleums are magnificently decorated, the interior of the buildings are of at least equal beauty.
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