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Uzbekistan, Samarkand - Crossroad of Cultures

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2013 at 12:02:15

Location Samarkand Region, Uzbekistan
Coordinates N39 40 6.996 E67 0 0
Property 1,123 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/603 )

The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory.

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Registan, Samarkand Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Registan

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Uzbekistan, Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2013 at 11:51:28

Location Kashkadarya region, Uzbekistan
Coordinates N39 2 60 E66 49 59.988
Property 240 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/885 )

The historic centre of Shakhrisyabz contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to the city's secular development, and particularly to the period of its apogee, under the rule of Amir Temur and the Temurids, in the 15th-16th century.

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Kok-Gumbaz mosque, Shahrisabz Mausoleums, Shahrisabz

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Uzbekistan, Historic Centre of Bukhara

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2013 at 11:39:26

Location Bukhara region, Uzbekistan
Coordinates N39 46 28.992 E64 25 42.996
Property 200 ha
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/602 )

Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas.

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The Ark, Bukhara Courtyard, Po-i Kalyan mosque

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Uzbekistan, Itchan Kala

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2009 at 12:38:59

Location Khorezm region, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Coordinates N41 22 42 E60 21 50
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1990

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/543 )

Itchan Kala is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia. There are several outstanding structures such as the Djuma Mosque, the mausoleums and the madrasas and the two magnificent palaces built at the beginning of the 19th century by Alla-Kulli-Khan.

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West gate, Itchan Kala

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