Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Madrassah of Sher-Dor in Samarqand, Uzbekistan

Samarqand founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Over the history this legendary city on the Silk Road went through growths and decays, suffered from destroying invasions of foreign rulers and again revived, becoming more beautiful. Trade routes to the west, to Persia, to the east, to China, to the south, to India, intersected here and formed intersections of the Silk Road. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001.
Sher-Dor Madrassah was built on the Registan Square, Samarqand in 1619-1636. The name is translated as “Madrassah with Lions”.

(left) To commemorate Berdaq, an Uzbek poet from the nineteenth century

(right) Uzbek National Academic Drama Theatre


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