There are 3 big ancient city’s in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The further away it is the more impressive the city they say. So coming from Bukhara, Samarkand wasn’t as cool. The city is quite big and “modern” and you have to take a taxi to go to the different places in town. So it’s not as charming but the sights are truly impressive.
The most import thing to see is the Registan consisting of 3 huge madrasahs. They were built around the 14 century and are richly decorate of mosaics. A 15 x15 cm piece of mosaic took around 1 day to make. Imagine how much work is was to make 3 madrassas of this size!
Compared to Bukhara, Samarkand is more touristic, that also means you have to pay entry for these sights. Locals pay 2000 Cym and tourists 20’000 Cmy (which is still only 3 dollars) but it kind of makes you feel like a stupid tourist.
The grave of Amir Timur is also very impressive and decorated with lots of gold inside. But it’s only one room too look at and you also have to pay entry.
If you want to look at impressive graves I’d recommend going to this place. It’s a grave yard but some of the graves are whole buildings. That’s pretty nice to see.
Restaurant near Bibi-Khanum-Moschee
We didn’t go into the Bibi-Khanum-Moschee because at some point it’s all kind of the same, but maybe I missed out on something (I don’t know). Anyway somewhere in front of that building is a nice Uzbek outdoor restaurant with these lounge looking eating corners you can see on my photo.
This is a really, really nice place to eat, they have great food and wonderful ambient. I thinks it’s probably the nicest place we ate the entire 2 weeks.
P.s if you compare the photos from Bukhara and Samarkand, Samarkand does look more impressive but that’s only because I did a bad job capturing the city of Bukhara.