Uzbekistan Unravelled

Of all the so-called 'Stans' - the Islamic republics that represent the rump of Central Asia - Uzbekistan is the most alluring. The bewitching cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva may not be easy to place on a map, but to this day they evoke images of the Silk Road, and the adventurous derring-do of the 'Great Game', when the 19th century British and Russian Empires carried out a proxy war for control of the region.
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Entrance to Tamerlane's Tomb in Samarkand

Entrance to Tamerlane's Tomb in Samarkand

Ulug Beg Observatory Samarkand

Ulug Beg Observatory Samarkand

A field of Yurts Kyzyl Kum Desert

A field of Yurts Kyzyl Kum Desert

Kalon Minaret, the "Tower of Death", in Bukhara

Kalon Minaret, the "Tower of Death", in Bukhara

Emir Palace Khiva

Emir Palace Khiva

Khast Iman Complex Dome in Tashkent

Khast Iman Complex Dome in Tashkent

The Uzbek Traditional Dress

The Uzbek Traditional Dress

The Ark Fortress

The Ark Fortress

Zoroastrian designs

Zoroastrian designs

Tamerlane Masouleum Samarkand

Tamerlane Masouleum Samarkand

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