The sultan’s summer palace

We visited quite a few palaces in addition to many mosques and honestly after seeing a few they all look alike and it is difficult after one short visit to distinguish them from each other. To the guides they were all important and different, but at least I am not able to recognise one from the other.

One palace I remember was the summer palace for the sulta from Bokhara(?). It was outside the city of course but it was many buildings and it was definitely not simple and austere.


The inside was also heavily decorated.                                                                                                                                                   GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course this was also the case with all the other palaces we saw, but the reason I remember this palace was the harem. The harem women had their own pool where nobody exept the sultan and his chosen guests could go. But the sultan had built a tower to have the best view.                                                                                                                                     GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                                               The sultan and the most prominent guests were on the top floor, while the less important guests had to stay on the lower floor.

We asked how many women were in the harem and got the answer that this sultan had 35. At one point it became forbidden to have a harem and all the women were sent home. When we were told this one of women in our group said dryly:”And then suddenly they had 35 unemployed women.”


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