Samarkand – Registan

Registan was the main square in old Samarkand. There are three buildings around an open space. This place was the place for public announcements, commercial activities and executions. The buildings were madrasahs, Muslim schools and the oldest was built in the 1400s, the two others in the 1600s.

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During the Sovjet period the place was restored and they have perhaps restored more than can be justified. To illustrate how a starting point for restoration I tool a picture of a mosque that was partially restored (not from Registan, but from Samarkand). As can be seen the starting point is difficult, so in order to restore correctly old pictures or drawings are needed.                                                                                                                                                                                                        GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe front part is restored, the part further back is not.

The front of the buildings were heavily decorated.                                                                                                                              GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA                                         The front to the left is interesting as it has tigers on the top, and it is forbidden to have picture of living creatures on religous buildings. It was said they made the tigers unlike the real ones. In that way it was not a picture of a living creature.

Inside it was a mixture of souvenir shops and heavily decorated rooms. Here is a dome:                                                           GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

The Registan was impressive, but I didn’t particularily like it. It had a artifical flavour to it, probably because the restoration.

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