In all other parts of the world light descends upon earth. From holy Samarkand and Bukhara, it ascends – So goes an old local proverb that you’ll without doubt find true. Enrapture your heart and mind, and inspire your eloquence, with the mythic architecture, culture, people and presence of these ancient city jewels of Uzbekistan. So glorious yet unsullied by tourist hordes, you’ll wonder whether the cities were once lost in time to later reappear for lucky travelers like you.
For lust of knowing what should not be known, we take the golden road to Samarkand. -James Elroy Flecker, 1913.
The intricate gilded inscriptions, mosaic tiles and mythic monuments of Registan Square in Samarkand help make this holy Atlantis-of-the-inland city the stuff of legend. And with a presence still connected to its 2700 year-old religious and silk-road roots, Samarkand is without doubt a stellar historical and cultural crossroad of romantic imagination and serious thought. Standing at the centre of the iconic Registan square surrounded by three towering medrassahs, you’ll feel as a trader, artisan or caravan traveller might have millennia ago, and be agog at its beauty and brilliance. The walls are seeped through with a long history of cultures, religions, peoples and languages, over varying periods of conquest, ruin and restoration. Feel this, too, in the neighbouring bazaar where you’ll sample delicious fresh produce and find the perfect souvenir from a land so remarkable it was oft times thought apocryphal.