Photographer's Note

After making so many trips around the world, I would not have thought I could still excite myself so much. But the view of the square of Samarkand really leaves you speechless, it does not even seem true that such a place can exist. I was lucky enough to watch the night light show and it's really amazing, I'll show you the pictures of the show later.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Registan means "Sandy place" or "desert" in Persian.
The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.
The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). Madrasah is an Arabic term meaning school.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasah, built by Ulugh Beg during the Timurid Empire era of Timur—Tamerlane, has an imposing iwan with a lancet-arch pishtaq or portal facing the square. The corners are flanked by high minarets. The mosaic panel over the iwan's entrance arch is decorated by geometrical stylized ornaments. The square courtyard includes a mosque and lecture rooms, and is fringed by the dormitory cells in which students lived. There are deep galleries along the axes. Originally the Ulugh Beg Madrasah was a two-storied building with four domed darskhonas (lecture rooms) at the corners.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasah was one of the best clergy universities of the Muslim Orient in the 15th Century CE. Abdul-Rahman Jami, the great Persian poet, scholar, mystic, scientist and philosopher studied at the madrasah.Ulugh Beg himself gave lectures there. During Ulugh Beg's government the madrasah was a centre of secular science.
In the 17th century the ruler of Samarkand, Yalangtush Bakhodur, ordered the construction of the Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kori madrasahs. The tiger mosaics on the face of each madrassa are interesting, in that they flout the ban in Islam of the depiction of living beings on religious buildings.
Ten years later the Tilya-Kori Madrasah was built. It was not only a residential college for students, but also played the role of grand masjid (mosque). It has a two-storied main facade and a vast courtyard fringed by dormitory cells, with four galleries along the axes. The mosque building is situated in the western section of the courtyard. The main hall of the mosque is abundantly gilded.


Dopo aver fatto tanti viaggi nel mondo, non avrei pensato di potermi ancora emozionare tanto. Ma la vista della piazza di Samarcanda lascia davvero a bocca aperta, non sembra nemmeno vero che possa esistere un luogo del genere. Io ho poi avuto la fortuna di assistere allo spettacolo di luci notturno ed è davvero incredibile, vi mostrero' le foto dello spettacolo in seguito.
Il Registan era il cuore dell'antica città di Samarcanda della dinastia Timuride, oggi in Uzbekistan. Il nome Rēgistan significa "Luogo di sabbia" o "deserto" in Persiano.
Il Registan era una piazza pubblica, dove persone si riunivano per ascoltare i proclami reali, annunciati da squilli di tubi in rame enormi chiamati dzharchis - e un luogo di esecuzioni pubbliche. E' incorniciato da tre madrase (scuole islamiche) di distintiva architettura islamica.Altre info su Wikipedia.

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