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08-SEP-2018 Tim Betts

The Registan, Samarkand

The Registan, meaning “sandy place” or “desert” in Persian, was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. It was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes, as well as a place for public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture, the first of which at left was built in 1417-1420.


From Astana, Tim went on to Uzbekistan and took a train to Samarkand on Saturday.

Jade-topped tomb of Tamerlane, Gur-e-Amir, posted earlier:

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Ton T.23-Sep-2018 17:52
Wow! A fantastic image of these fabulous buildings V
Julie Oldfield14-Sep-2018 01:50
A superb wide angle view. V
Graeme13-Sep-2018 09:58
Beautifully composed.V
Blandine Mangin11-Sep-2018 11:20
superb compo ! v
Nirvan Hope11-Sep-2018 05:07
A fantastic capture. So crisp and clean looking, the whole scene.
Jeff Real11-Sep-2018 02:32
This excellent composition is really compelling!
Gill Kopy11-Sep-2018 01:23
Wow - what a stunning shot - the people give a great sense of scale in this magnificent place V
janescottcumming11-Sep-2018 01:23
Wow, this gives a great feel for how big this is. Nice work Tim. V
bill friedlander10-Sep-2018 23:07
Excellent clear shot with perfect symmetry. Nice work, Tim. V
Nick Paoni10-Sep-2018 21:34
What an interesting piece of history.
globalgadabout10-Sep-2018 19:43
just the grand place for pubic spectacles....bravo Tim...
Tom Munson10-Sep-2018 19:34
Impressive capture.
Jim Coffman10-Sep-2018 19:13
Splendid work, Tim!