Highlights of Uzbekistan | Registan Square
The famous Registan Square and Ulugbek Madrasah is one of the worlds most recognised Mosque, which is the main square in Samarkand .In Uzbekistan this is one of the monumental buildings in the country. For mature and senior travellers on a small group tour this ancient city is located on the Silk Road network and is part of our small group tours programs on the Silk road or as part of the Stans program.
17 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
Highlights of Uzbekistan | Registan Square
The famous Registan Square Uzbekistan, is the main square in Samarkand was the heart of the Timurid dynasty built by the Turkic-Mongolian leader, Timur (Tamerlane). The square is dominated Ulugbke Madrasah a religious education mosque. In Uzbekistan this is one of the monumental buildings in the country. As a building, Ulugh Beg Madrassa (Ulugh beg Madrasah )has an imposing portal and the external facade and internal dome mosaic is a major feature of the islamic architecture in this ancient city . This Persian architectural monument was seat of learning during Ulugh Beg‘s ( Timur’s grandson) rule. It has a mosque, lecture rooms and dormitory. During the 15th century it was a seat of scientific learning. Ulugh Beg (1393-1449), the well renowned astronomer, scientist and benign ruler of his time himself taught here. Registan square and Ulugbek Madrasah is one of the worlds most recognised Mosque.
Registan means “sandy place” in Persian, and this ancient city is located on the Silk Road network . There is plenty to see and do on a city tour as you follow in the footsteps of the conquerors and merchants of Central Asia.
In 1220 Samarkand was almost completely destroyed by the first Mongol ruler Genghis Khan, but was to flourish again when Timur made it the capital of his Timurid empire in 1369. Timur as a patron of the arts and architecture initiated much of what we see today in Registan Square. It forms part of the ancient heritage site of Samarkand, a group of monuments and buildings inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2001.
This should be included on any itinerary of the great Silk Road and Central Asia. A tour of Registan Square will show you the tiled medieval commercial centre and public square built by the artisans and craftsmen that Timur brought home with him (or possibly kidnapped) during his 14th-century conquests. Wander through the city that grew prosperous during the days of the Silk Road; Registan once had markets and cavaranserai (roadside inns) to cater to merchants and travellers seeking an oasis in the desert.
Registan has three architectural wonders, stunning madrasahs (Islamic religious schools) decorated with intricate mosaics—Ulugh Beg, Sher Dor, and Tillya Kari. The oldest of which was built by Timur’s grandson Ulugh Beg in the 15th century. Ulugh Beg’s madrasa, each corner flanked by an imposing minaret, once housed some 200 students studying science, mathematics, astronomy, law, languages, and the Qur’an, and it was here that Ulug bek imparted his mathematical genius and other skills to students.
Uzbekistan has a comfortable, high-speed train network that can take you from Tashkent to Samarkand in just two hours, travelling through the stunning landscapes and mountain ranges of this country in Central Asia.
Registan Square is a beautiful place to visit on a walking tour, giving you time to take in the impressive architectural monuments as your local guide tells you about the history of the ancient Silk Road.
Uzbekistan has a variety of tourist accommodations, from a traditional yurt in nomadic settlements to rooms in a five-star hotel in the capital city of Tashkent. A group tour to Uzbekistan is an incredible experience, combining the modern with the historical in Central Asia.
Articles about Uzbekistan published by Odyssey Traveller:
- Questions about Uzbekistan
- Explore Uzbekistan
- Travelling in Uzbekistan
- Books to Read about the Silk Road
- The History and Legacy of the Silk Road
For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.
External articles to assist you on your visit to Uzbekistan:
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