Historic Treasures of UzbekistanA fascinating insight into the my journey along part of the Great Silk Road through Uzbekistan where I discover a wealth of original and restored architecture dating back to the time when Genghis Khan came, conquered and destroyed it in the 13th century. Local hero Amir Temur (Tamerlane) rebuilt the stunning minarets, mosques, madrassahs and mausoleums to make it the centre of his great 14th century Empire. The Russians and the British played out their ‘Great Game’ espionage activities there in the 19th century.

The country was part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991 and since then, as an independent country, Uzbekistan is now able to show its historical and architectural treasures off the world. I take you on a journey to the major sites in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, many of which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. My anecdotal stories describe my experiences as I meet local people in the bazaars and relate historical events to modern day life.

 

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