Before I start explaining what in the world it is in the picture, let me first tell you who it belongs to.
From the earlier posts, we mentioned about the dear grandson of Tamerlan, Mirzo Ulugbek. It is worth to note that the child from early years was in the center of attention. He received the best education from all around, including royal ethiques from the well-respected grandmother and science from the great teachers of Samarkand.
His love for science, especially astronomy was so big that the future scientist spent countles nights studying the stars million miles away. Now, the weird place with so many stairs in the picture is the observatory of Ulugbek, which still remains in the city, unfortunately just for the tourists to see…
Above is a special name of Bibi Khanym – the lovely wife of Tamerlan in Uzbekistan. It is sad that there are so few number of her portraits but anyways, I was able to find one of them.
The beautiful lady standing besides the young boy is that very legendary Bibi Khanym. So, how about the boy? He is one of the most famous grandsons of Tamerlan, Mirzo Ulugbek. He is known as a king, poet and the great scientist.
He was deeply interested in astrology and learned the outer space in his unique way. Where and how will be our next topic What I can only say now is that his works have been used for further advances in such science and therefore his name is said with a great respect!
Bibi Khanim is one of the most famous women in the history of not only Uzbek, but also the whole Central Asian nations. She was the lovely and well respected wife of the great leader, Amir Temur or Tamerlan. She was outstanding with her beauty and wisdom.
Just like the king, who built Tajmahal for his lovely wife, Tamerlan also dedicated one beautiful madrasah for this lady. Some sources say that the building was previously meant to be the mausoleum of Bibi Khanum’s mother. However, later it became known as madrasah and was given the name of Bibi Khanum.
The madrasah stood out with special materials and style from India. However, this masterpiece, which involved so much effort and art was ruined during natural disasters. In 1990s, during former Soviet Union, it was rebuilt and now you can enjoy its beautiful view.
Today I would like to bring your attention to the very center of Samarkand city, the symbol of it – Registan Square. Consisted of three almost as duplicates buildings, Registan has been the center of all activities in this city since history.
The buildings were formally madrasahs, constructions of which were started in 15th century. The initiator of the first madrasah was Ulugbek, the great leader and one of the first scientists of astronomy in history. Madrasah, the Islamic institution, was full of students not only from the city itself, but also all over the world.
Later on the other buildings started serving as mosques. Nowadays, this square is a-must-see place for each tourist. Besides this, one of the biggest music festivals, called “Sharq Taronalari” (Eastern melodies) are also held here.
Hello friends! It is very nice to see you again, here on the virtual tours! So, here is what I will be telling about in this article: a must-see place in beautiful Samarkand – the mausoleum of Shahi Zinda.
According to the history, everything started from the time when Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.) came to this city with other Arabs. He was wounded hardly and was not able to survive. For his memory was built the first mausoleum in this huge complex of buildings. Because the ones, who were killed in the way of Lord, they are considered alive. This is why the mausoleum also got the name of “Shahi Zinda”, which means “Living King”.
During the rulings of Amir Temur, the most noble people were also buried in the same place with precious memorials built for them. Thus, Shahi Zinda got larger and larger, which looks like a separate small city.
Here is the moment, which many of you, hopefully, have been waiting for: to explore the ancient treasure of Uzbekistan after listening to its beautiful history.
It really is intriguing to think about its today’s condition, when the peers of Samarkand were destroyed centuries ago already. What happened with it today? Is it filled with ancient ruins or there is no memory left of them after modern reconstructions? The answer is brilliant: almost every single building and monument is still there and was even restored and beautified with modern techniques keeping its original view! Take a look at the video and enjoy!
There is a reason for calling this city as the visit card of Uzbekistan. That is because Samarkand is more popular abroad than the country’s name itself!
This ancient city has the history of so many centuries, starting from the seventh century B.C.. It has always been in the center of attention among variety of rulers, including Iranian Sogdians, Mongols, Temurids and so on.
The Chinese history shows that Samarkand was one of the most important routes of the Great Silk Road and there are some evidences, such as letters from Samarkand to China, to the relationships between those two great countries.
Samarkand’s effort to the development of culture, science and literature is also countless. The world’s most well-known scientists, scholars and poets lived and were motivated in this very center of civilization. They also left huge amount of heritage, which you can see nowadays as well, in a very good condition!
Today I realized what they mean by saying “the Great” Silk Road… It is Great, both literally and in meaning of rich culture. The thing is, we spent so many months here in this blog talking only about its tiny part, Kyrgyzstan, and yet there are much more things not said yet!
I would like to make a little difference in our virtual tours this time and take you guys to another place, which is called the Pearl of Central Asia. This is the land, which grew the world’s brightest stars from history, greatest scholars, scientists such as Abu Ali ibn Sina, Abu Rayhon Biruniy and so on. Welcome to that precious land of Uzbekistan, friends!
Today we are going to discover another healthy tour in Kyrgyzstan. Just about a couple hours from the capital city, there is a salt mine, called Chon Tuz. However, people know that place not only as a salt mine, but also as one of the most interesting touristic spots and healing destination…
It is all clear with the touristic spot, since the hanging-from-above salt fossils in the caves make it really attracting. But how about healing effect?
As you see in the picture, there are even special beds for the patients, who come for treatments. The thing is, the scientists have found that spending some time in clean, quiet place, like caves will help the person feel better. If the cave is made of minerals and salts like Konorchek, then this is double luck!
At the very province of Jalal Abad, where we explored the greatest walnut forest of the world, is another famous sight. It is visited by locals usually very often, because not everyone has an idea about that place.
So, that is the mineral water source of Jalal Abad. The water is really famous not only in the region, but also all over the country for its healing effects on human’s body, especially the digestive system. People go there not only to drink that water, but also to take so me treatment or peaceful rest in the recreational resorts and hospitals. They provide variety of baths with mineral water and special clay, which will renew the human’s body and heal from different illnesses.
So, now you also know about this wonder-water. Do not miss any chance of exploring it for yourself! Even if you cannot visit Jalal Abad, the bottled mineral water of it is available in many stores in other regions.