PANAM-SUR 2012
Samarkand & Around
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Welcome to Uzbekistan- the cradle of culture for more than two millennia and home to stunning architecture

Welcome to Uzbekistan- the cradle of culture for more than two millennia and home to stunning architecture
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Making room for the new road...

Making room for the new road...
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Bazaar in Margilon

Bazaar in Margilon
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Money changers

Money changers
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1 US$ = 2.600 Uzbek Som on the black market

1 US$ = 2.600 Uzbek Som on the black market
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You better bring a bag if you want to exchange a bit more

You better bring a bag if you want to exchange a bit more
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Delicious "Non" bread on every corner

Delicious "Non" bread on every corner
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Delivering raw cotton

Delivering raw cotton
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The Yodgorlik Silk Factory

The Yodgorlik Silk Factory
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We take a tour and learn all about traditional silk production

We take a tour and learn all about traditional silk production
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Uzbekistan is the world's third-largest silk producer

Uzbekistan is the world's third-largest silk producer
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Back on the Samarkand road

Back on the Samarkand road
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The Kamchik Pass takes us out of the Fergana Valley

The Kamchik Pass takes us out of the Fergana Valley
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Wedding pictures with a view

Wedding pictures with a view
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Every single stretch of land is farmed

Every single stretch of land is farmed
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The country's policy: it's all about cotton all the time...

The country's policy: it's all about cotton all the time...
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Monoculture of a thirsty crop in a parched land

Monoculture of a thirsty crop in a parched land
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Fruit stands along the road

Fruit stands along the road
Samarkand
Samarkand- one of Central Asia's oldest settlements, founded around the 5th century BC

Samarkand- one of Central Asia's oldest settlements, founded around the 5th century BC
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Our place for the night, only a few steps to the Registan from here

Our place for the night, only a few steps to the Registan from here
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The impressive Bibi-Khanym Mosque

The impressive Bibi-Khanym Mosque
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Once one of the biggest mosques in the Islamic world

Once one of the biggest mosques in the Islamic world
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Siob Bazaar

Siob Bazaar
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On the way to Samarkand's most beloved site...

On the way to Samarkand's most beloved site...
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The Sha-I-Zinda which means "Tomb of the Living King"

The Sha-I-Zinda which means "Tomb of the Living King"
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Some of the richest tilework in the Muslim world

Some of the richest tilework in the Muslim world
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Stunning avenue of mausoleums

Stunning avenue of mausoleums
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An important place for pilgrimage

An important place for pilgrimage
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In huge contrast stands the Old Town which is sealed off from tourists view, hidden behind walls

In huge contrast stands the Old Town which is sealed off from tourists view, hidden behind walls
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The Gur-E-Amir Mausoleum where Timur himself, two sons and two grandsons lie

The Gur-E-Amir Mausoleum where Timur himself, two sons and two grandsons lie
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The Rukhobod Mausoleum- the city's oldest surviving monument, dated 1380

The Rukhobod Mausoleum- the city's oldest surviving monument, dated 1380
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The Hazrat-Hizr Mosque

The Hazrat-Hizr Mosque
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Great views from the minaret

Great views from the minaret
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The next-door cemetery

The next-door cemetery
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Back to the Old Town

Back to the Old Town
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The city's centerpiece- The Registan

The city's centerpiece- The Registan
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Not one. but three massive medressas

Not one. but three massive medressas
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Sher-Dor Medressa

Sher-Dor Medressa
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Tilla-Kari Medressa

Tilla-Kari Medressa
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Ulugbek Medressa

Ulugbek Medressa
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A sight right out of the 1001 Night fairytale

A sight right out of the 1001 Night fairytale
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Back in the real world

Back in the real world
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