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Samarkand

Panoramic view of the Sher-Dor Madrasah, 1619 - 1636, from behind and seen at sunrise with the Chorsu, dome-arched construction, 15th and 18th century, old shopping centre of the city, on the right.

Khiva

View from the side of the towers of the Ata-Davarza, 1842, demolished in 1920 and rebuilt in 1975, main gate of Ichan-Kala, seen at twilight.

Bukhara

Side portal decorated with two stories of loggias with the blue dome of the mosque in the background, Memorial complex of Chor-Bakr, 16th century.

Khiva

Marble gravestone in the necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmud, 14th to 16th century.

Samarkand

Detail of the small cylindrical corner towers crowned by cupolas with the dome's monochrome blue color of the Tilla-Kari (Gold-covered) madrasah, 17th century, on the Registan square, seen at dusk.

Bukhara

Detail of the Kalyan minaret, 12th century, showing the geometrical ornaments and seen in a summer late afternoon light.

Bukhara

Necropolis of the Memorial complex of Chor-Bakr, 16th century, seen in a summer late afternoon light.

Bukhara

Memorial complex of Chor-Bakr, 16th century, seen in a summer late afternoon light and being reflected in a pool.

Khiva

Old man walking in the streets of Ichan-Kala, seen from behind and against the light.

Khiva

Man bicing towards the Ata-Davarza gate in a summer late afternoon light, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrasah and Kalta Minar in the distance.

Samarkand

Gur-Emir Mausoleum, 1404, seen at twilight.

Land of architectural glory, heart of Asia and Persia, golden road of silk, the only name of the three World Heritage cities, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva are full enough for a dreamlike journey. Sunrises and sunsets give the magnificent light to embellish the architectural treasures of those powerful towns of beauty, history and culture.