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This is a post for those of you who share my love of Islamic architecture. We really fell in love with the buildings in Uzbekistan – the colours, patterns, the sense of humility. In as much as I value communities being ‘precious’ about their historical relics, it was refreshing to see people just living among them. Women sit knitting and selling their patterned slippers in the entries – keeping one eye on you, and hoping they will sell a few of their wares. I don’t think I saw a single turnstile – you are mostly free to explore as you wish, and it’s often hard to define the border between ‘historical site’ and ‘street.’ Tourism hasn’t hit Uzbekistan in such a big way yet (yet!) that visitors need to be managed like unruly cattle. People remember you, and trust that you’ll do the right thing. Putting aside the tedious visa registration process and occasional passport check, it’s a relaxed place to explore.

I promise this is the last of the three ‘m’s (mosques, minarets and medrassahs) – I’m sorry if you’re sick of it! I still have a few shots to share from rural Uzbekistan, and then on to Romania.

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L: The minaret was left unfinished after the Khan (King) who commissioned it died. The succeeding Khan realised it would give the muezzin (the person who leads the call to prayer) a clear view into his sizeable Harem of wives – so ordered it to never be finished. Good foresight!

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures - November 26, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Just gorgeous! WOW!!! Love your sandals btw.ReplyCancel

    • Alli Campbell - November 26, 2012 - 7:57 pm

      Thank you as always Andi! And the sandals are the comfiest beasts from ecco – can’t recommend them enough as travel shoesReplyCancel

  • Callie - November 27, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Wow – love all those patterns. Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

    • Alli Campbell - November 27, 2012 - 7:06 pm

      Thank you Callie! The patterns are all amazing – I couldn’t get enough!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Brynn - November 29, 2012 - 5:03 am

    I love how you describe the people living among the historical sites. I know exactly what you mean, and it’s nice to be in a place like that every now and then. It adds to the authenticity of an experience I think. And these colours are just beautiful…ReplyCancel

    • Alli Campbell - November 29, 2012 - 10:13 pm

      I agree, it changes the way you view and experience the site – it’s not quite as sterile. The colours blew me away. I never knew you could do so much with blue!!ReplyCancel

  • em - November 29, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Why is the muezzin not allowed? We hear it loud and clear 5 times a day here in Saudi!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - December 4, 2012 - 2:06 am

    Wow! Great pictures! I have always dreamt about visiting Usbekistan, must be beautiful! I really do like Islamic architecture, especially the beautiful tiles!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - December 16, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Oh my goodness. These photos were such a surprise. I made my boyfriend put down his iphone to look at them with me. So gorgeous. I guess I’ve never thought about what Uzbekistan looks like before. Thanks for documenting it and opening my eyes.

    Plus, your photography is just blowing me away. I always mean to finally start working on improving my skills, but your photos have really inspired me to actually do it. So let’s see if I do… 😉ReplyCancel

    • Alli Campbell - December 22, 2012 - 12:39 am

      Thank you so much Jill. It is such an amazing place – definitely add it to the bucket list! And thank you so much for the comments about the photos. You made my day – enjoy playing with your cam. It is such an ongoing process :)ReplyCancel