Tashkent to Urgench

28 September 2018.
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We flew from Tashkent to Urgench, a Soviet-era city near the ancient city of Khiva, our destination for the day.

So the first images are the outskirts of Tashkent, then we fly over desert, then we approach Urgench.

The river you see in some of the later images is the Amu Darya.  Urgench is built around the remains of a river, so that must be a previous course of the Amu Darya, and I presume that hundreds of years earlier, the Amu Darya flowed past Khiva.

The technical quality is not that good in many of these images so there’s not much fine detail to be seen.  The shutter speeds were OK so I suspect the problem was smeared windows.  Not much you can do about that as a passenger on a plane. (It may still be worthwhile clicking on some of the images for a larger size).

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In the foreground is probably Adya Lake in Uzbekistan but it may be Shardara Reservoir in Kazakhstan.
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Smoke in the desert at top right?.
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It turns out to be from twin chimneys.  Probably a mining processing plant..
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Tashkent

27 September 2018.
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Andalusia, Athens, Barcelona, Crete, Greece, Istanbul, Oregon, Photography, Spain, Thira, Travel, USA, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Crete Spain and Oregon Itinerary, Washington .

This is the first of my final posts on my trip to Uzbekistan, Istanbul, Athens, Thira, Crete, Andalusia, Barcelona, Washington and Oregon in 2018.  I made a few temporary posts at the time with some images and no commentary.  I will update the list of posts in the Itinerary Post as I make new posts.

I have been slow in posting this due to moving office within my home and disk storage issues for backup.  My posts may be slow for a while.

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This is a map of our itinerary in Uzbekistan.  We were on a custom tour with Adventour, who we found to be an excellent tour company.  The first post is for Tashkent, where we flew in from Australia, via Kuala Lumpur.

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Tashkent is 2,000 years old it was sacked several times and not as much has survived as in some of the other cities of Uzbekistan.  However, we are in the Khast-Imam complex in the Old City part of Tashkent.  The complex is named after Khasrati Imam, one of the first imams of Taskent, born in 909.  Above is the ceramic decoration atop a huge doorway, but I’m not sure exactly which building in the complex.

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Based on the date-time on the images, this is the ancient ceiling of a cupola beyond that doorway.

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This is a wooden ceiling close by.

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Out again, a nearby dome though I can’t tell which building.

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Muyi Muborak Madrasah on the right and Abdulla Murodxo’jayev Mosque behind.

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The paintings show the derelict state of some of the mosques and madrassas in the nineteenth century, no doubt based on historic photographs.  These are not necessarily Tashkent, though.

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This is one of the domes of Barakh-khan Madrasah.  This houses one of the oldest Korans in the world, created for Caliph Osman.  He was assassinated in 656 in Medina and the Koran is said to be stained with his blood as he was reading it at the time.  We saw this Koran but photographs are not permitted. It is very large, with calligraphic Arabic script.

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Muyi Muborak Madrasah.

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Abdulla Murodxo’jayev Mosque.

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This must be at the side of the Abdulla Murodxo’jayev Mosque.

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We are now at the nearby Chor-Su Bazaar.  The apricots look inviting.

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It is quite massive, as you can see, and the poster at the far left is for horse meat.

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This is one of the stations of Tashkent’s metro, a heritage from the Soviet era.

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Our guide is waiting for use as we walk out of the destination metro station.

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The crane is the emblem of Uzbekistan.

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We are now in the Museum of Applied Arts, originally the home of Imperial Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev.

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I think we are out of the museum now, in just a kind of shopping arcade.

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Tashkent

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 28th September 2018.
Temporary Post. No image descriptions and commentary.

It has been difficult to post during this trip. Not much time, need to first reinstall software and abyssmal internet speeds. Also, due to a software problem I can’t fix while travelling, I can’t do my semi-automated image resizing so posting is time consuming. Consequently, the rate of posting is likely to continue to be very slow.
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